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Chamber learns about Relay for Life, PHCC

(ran PC edition)

Melinda Prevatt from the American Cancer Society and Susan Larkin-Douberley of Pasco-Hernando Community College spoke at the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce meeting Wednesday.

The noon luncheon meeting was at the Baldomero Lopez Veterans Nursing Home in Land O'Lakes. Prevatt said this year's goal for the Relay For Life is $275,000 and is the American Cancer Society's top fundraiser.

Dr. Gordan Klat started the relay in 1985; it now has expanded to all 50 states.

The relay is an all night event with teams walking to raise money for cancer research, prevention, detection, treatment, patient services and advocacy.

This year central Pasco has been added to the relay with the 18-hour event scheduled April 12 and 13 at Wesley Chapel High School. "Our goal is to have 30 teams," Prevatt said.

Teams receive envelopes to collect donations from family members and friends.

Businesses are encouraged to sponsor teams. Teams may have car washes, yard sales and bake sales to raise money.

"Only 5 percent of what the American Cancer Society raises goes to administrative costs," she said. "That is because we have so many volunteers."

For information, call toll-free 1-800-940-1969 ext. 114.

Larkin-Douberley talked about the community college and its three campuses in New Port Richey, Brooksville and Dade City.

"There is a lot going on," she said.

One event is a Health Careers Job Fair set from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today in the gym of the New Port Richey campus.

At the fair people will see the many accredited health care educational programs the college offers and have opportunities to talk to human resources representatives from local hospitals and health care facilities about job openings. There are severe shortages in nursing and other health-related fields. Parking and admission is free.