Relay For Life of Rutland County to hold kickoff celebration

RUTLAND, Vt. – The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Rutland County will hold a free kickoff for the annual event Feb. 7 at the Diamond Run Mall Community Room with the doors opening at 5 p.m. and celebrations beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to the kickoff to learn about how to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from cancer.

“Kickoff is our opportunity to showcase the many programs and services the American Cancer Society provides to the people in Rutland County,” said Richard Vitagliano and Ken Shattuck, volunteer Event Leadership Team co-leads. “Our teams are proud of their hard work and are always looking for more neighbors to join them in the fight.”

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event to save lives from cancer. At Relay For Life events, participants celebrate people who have been touched by cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change. Together, we can beat our biggest rival. Join a Relay For Life event and help us attack cancer from every angle. During the kickoff event, community members will have the opportunity to register a team for the Relay For Life of Rutland County, which will be held June 15-16, 1 p.m.-8 a.m. at the Vermont State Fairgrounds.

Funds raised help the American Cancer Society attack cancer in dozens of ways, each of them critical to achieving a world without cancer – from developing breakthrough therapies to building supportive communities, from providing empowering resources to deploying activists to raise awareness.

Visit to learn more about the event, or contact the event co-leads Richard Vitagliano,, or Ken Shattuck,

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