Teams of Cherokee County residents will gather at Koser Spring Lake Park on Aug. 7 beginning at 5 p.m. (with a supper) for an overnight relay against cancer. Relay For Life is a family-oriented team event where participants walk relay-style around the track and take part in fun activities off the track. Teams can include coworkers, club members, family and friends and have gathered donations prior to the event.
"Relay For Life 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 Relay Chair Jodi Schlichting. "Many of the participants are cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), which serves as a reminder that our community is not immune to this disease and we can actually help our friends, families and neighbors who have been touched by cancer," Schlichting added.
The public is also invited to attend the Luminaria Ceremony, which will take place after sundown. To honor the community's cancer survivors and to remember those lost to the disease, survivors will circle the park rimmed with glowing luminaries while the names of survivors and those lost to the disease are displayed. Luminaries can be obtained for a $10 donation by calling Myla Stoneking at 225-6108
Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn't be. As a nationwide organization, the American Cancer Society helps everyone facing the disease, when and where they need assistance. Dollars raised through Relay For Life are providing hope to people in the Cherokee community. For cancer information, day-to-day help, or emotional support, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.