American Cancer Society to hold Mayfield Relay for Life

Barsaba Taglieri
Giugno 18, 2017

Many people not touched by cancer participate in the relay because they want to help, while for those just diagnosed - and their families - it gives hope. "Without Relay for Life we would never be able to do anything toward research, supporting families who are going through cancer or providing accurate up to date information", Sharon Bristol of the Canadian Cancer Society.

At 3 p.m. on June 10, the Yorkville High School will open to over 200 participants and 20 teams. Kolwelter said the major events include a survivor dinner at 4 p.m., a Wiffle Ball tournament at 7 p.m. during the seventh inning stretch, and a luminaria remembrance at 9 p.m. Each ceremony is created to honor those lost to cancer and bring support to those affected by that loss.

During the balloon release, guests had an opportunity to honor and remember loved ones lost to cancer by writing a message on a slip of paper and tying it to one of the many purple and white helium-filled balloons. Opening ceremonies begin at 11 Tony Hanes, Kersey resident, sings the national anthem, and all team members take a lap together. This year's goal is $100,000 and the theme is Game Night.

Anyone may register by Googling "Relay For Life McLean County Illinois", calling 309-706-5367 or coming to Relay and going to the registration tent. "If I can do a little bit to help and stop the cancer so that my kids don't have to deal with it then that's my reasoning". The society actually has given grants to University of Wyoming and University of Colorado to find cures for aggressive forms of cancer. You don't have to be a survivor or on a team.

Both Eickholt and Ryan are on the Relay for Life committee where they can be more involved. Participants can sign up to walk as late as the night of the event. If you know anyone who's overcome cancer, feel free to invite them to join. Their goal is to show support for survivors and to get the community to do so as well.

Every step around the track is one step closer to the end of the long journey - from the point where we fear cancer, to the place where it's cured, settled, dealt with. The Cheyenne Relay for Life has raised nearly $62,000 their goal is $100,000.

Donations raised at this event directly benefit the American Cancer Society's mission of saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer.

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