Cancer. Just seeing the word, writing the word, hearing it or thinking about it creates an emotional response. "[It's a fundraiser] for people who have beat the disease, those who have lost the battle and people still fighting". For those who survive, they remain vigilant to prevent its return. "There's about 18 teams, and each one has a different theme, and we are going to kick cancer to the curb".
Relay For Life of Jefferson County is making big changes for this year's event, including the date, time, location, and its activities.
More than 5,000 communities across the us host relays like this one.
Forsyth's Relay team is also hosting a HOPE dinner for cancer survivors and caregivers on Friday, April 21. The event is a celebration and a way to raise money for cancer research.
The common goal of working towards better cancer research and funding has united millions. and Saint Anselm's community came together in support of this cause once again. "We also want to educate them about Relay". Individuals unable to attend can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Relay For Life effort at Austin Peay or Montgomery County by visiting www.relayforlife.org.
Hanna went on to say that it is hard to explain the experience of Relay to someone who has never been, but she has never had someone come who wished they hadn't.
"It's really lovely", King said. Help make it a reality.
This is Youngstown's 50th Relay for Life.
The Event Leadership Team has been preparing for months and now it's time for community members to join the fight against cancer.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Sarah Gawat, Hanover Township, a survivor of mouth, head and neck cancer, is shown with her son, Aidan Carrell.
When Gamez was 11, her great-grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. Reach to Recovery matches trained, volunteer breast cancer survivors with those facing or living with a breast cancer diagnosis to provide one-on-one support.
The event will start with a kickoff celebration that honors those who either have cancer or have been free of it for years.