The Daily Iowegian
CENTERVILLE — Cancer fighters will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the 2013 American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Appanoose County gets underway with teams gathering at Paul Johnson Field at Lakeview Elementary on June 1 at 1 p.m.
Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – all aimed at celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against the disease. Relay For Life events are held as individuals and teams gather at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their Relay.
Camp site setup begins at 8 a.m. Survivor luncheon will be at 11 a.m. in the Lakeview Elementary cafeteria — survivors and caregivers are invited. Opening ceremony begins at 1 p.m. Look for the upcoming schedule of events.
“Relay is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against the disease,” said Lora Kelly, publicity chair. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that Appanoose County is not immune to this disease and that by participating in Relay, we are joining with the American Cancer Society’s efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”
Funds raised at Relay For Life of Appanoose County are enabling the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community.
Relay For Life’s Luminaria Ceremony takes place after sundown, honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $10 by calling Kristi Ritter at (641) 895-2613 or by visiting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also a part of the Relay For Life of Appanoose County event is the “Fight Back” Ceremony, in which a community leader will inspire Relay participants with his or her own commitment and will challenge them to take a personal pledge of action (e.g., stop smoking, eat more healthily, exercise regularly, etc.) in fighting back.
To locate a Relay For Life event and find out how you may get involved, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit RelayForLife.org.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.