Friday night will be a time of both fun and reflection during the 20th annual Relay for Life of Rogers County. In Jeff Davis Parish (JDP), establishments now have the opportunity to show patrons affected by cancer just how much the business community supports them.
The theme for this year's event is, "In it to Win it", according to Valeri White, chairwoman of Relay for Life of Lee County.
To get more people involved, organizers hope a daytime relay will bring more families out and more money raised. They remember loved ones who have lost their battle and learn more about how the community can help fight back against cancer. Papa T, though, through extensive treatments, emerged cancer-free and is scheduled to attend his granddaughter's United States dollars graduation ceremony in May.
The past three years, senior math major Emily Wasson has walked in the event with a goal - honoring her grandfather's legacy. "Our participation was down, both in the teams and from the community". For me, it was the chance to support the American Cancer Society and all the people that they help, and a chance to be part of something bigger at Chapman, which led me to join my sorority's team. "No one should have to hear the words "you have cancer", so that's why I relay".More news: Muslim leads in Jakarta poll against Christian governor
Funds raised from the event and all of the pre- and post-event fundraisers go to the American Cancer Society and help to fund life-saving and life-improving medications and treatments for cancer patients and for cancer-preventing options.
The 2017 Relay For Life will be held at Whiteside Park in Ely on Friday, August 11. "I couldn't be happier to see the hard work of so many people come together to create such a fantastic night for such a worthy cause", said Puccio.
A special evening activity, the Luminaria ceremony, also takes place and serves as a meaningful opportunity for students to share how cancer has touched their life.
"We made a decision to combine that with the American Cancer Society's "A World With More Birthdays" and go with a Happy Birthday theme overall", said organizer Ben Dalrymple, who is a cancer survivor himself. "It's about creating that vulnerability that allows us to really connect. He was a true person of character and helped people at any given time".