BY LINDSAY MCCOY

Times Bulletin News Writer

lmccoy@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT - Preparations for the 2013 Relay for Life of Van Wert County officially kick-off this Sunday. The event itself will be held in Van Wert on Friday, May 3, 2013, but the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Van Wert will be hosting its annual Kick-off Party this Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds Extension Building from 2-4 p.m.

"We encourage anyone who is interested in joining a team, being part of the committee, or would like information about the mission and services of the American Cancer Society, to stop by this event," said Event Chair Pati Jenkins.

The kick-off event will provide information on how to get involved with the fight against cancer. There will be guest speakers and a vendor's fair just in time for Christmas shopping. Food and beverages will also be offered and will include hot dogs, Rural King popcorn, punch, coffee, and cakes from Elegant Cakes by Ellen Pruden. This year's theme is Drive Out Cancer.

"If you are unable to come and would still like to get involved, please contact me." Jenkins urged. She can be reached at (419) 203-4961 or by e-mail at patijenkins76@yahoo.com. Currently eight teams are signed up for the May 3, 2013, event and have raised a total of $340, but more potential participants and team leaders are expected to turn out Sunday afternoon for the Kick-off Party.