Relay for Life of Matthews-Mint Hill is off to a running start in their 2013 fundraising season.
Scheduled this year for May 17 at the Park on Fairview, Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, an overnight event where teams share in constantly walking laps to symbolize the nonstop fight against cancer.
Local groups and businesses organize teams and raise funds to support ACS, selling products and walking laps throughout the event. 
The relay starts with a Survivor Lap, to honor cancer survivors, and a Luminaria Ceremony is held at dark to honor those that have fought cancer.
Last year’s event saw nearly 300 people from the community come out to support the efforts of the teams and volunteers, and this year, more are expected.
Blair Lindley, community organizer for ACS, said Relay for Life of Matthews-Mint Hill set a goal of 30 teams for this year’s event, and have currently signed up 12. She also said the fundraising goal is $40,000, of which only $10,000 remains. 
“We are really looking to up the ante on our sponsorship,” Lindley said, saying that the organization would like for $8,000 to be business sponsorships from companies in the Matthews and Mint Hill areas.
Lindley and company hosted a kickoff event at Dilworth Coffeehouse in Matthews January 15, to provide an opportunity for the community to learn more about Relay for Life, ACS, how to start a team and get involved, and how to get registered to participate.
All money raised goes to the American Cancer Society, which is the second largest funder of cancer research in the nation, behind the federal government. 
“Everything right now is looking really good,” Lindley said. “We just need people to step forward in the community who have a passion for raising money to find a cure for cancer.”
Until the event, Relay for Life will hold monthly meetings for teams on the second Thursday of every month, starting February 7 at 6:30-7:30 pm, at Jimmie’s Restaurant in Mint Hill.
Each team member must pay a $10 fee, and will receive a T-shirt after raising $100. Teams can raise
money through any type of event or fundraiser they like, in groups or individually. 
The meetings are a chance for teams to get input on how to fundraise, turn in money, recruit members, and a place where they can get supplies and support. 
For more information, to sign up, register a team, or donate, visit