BY MELANIE BUCK –
The annual Polk County Relay For Life fundraising event will be held at Janssen Park on Friday, May 12th, with more than a dozen teams competing for top honors at the occasion that raises money for the American Cancer Society.
So far in 2017, fifteen teams in Polk County have raised more than $39,000 for cancer research. At the event, teams will set up booths with food, games, activities, and items to purchase. The event begins at 6 p.m. In case of rain, Relay for Life will be held at the Christian Motorcycle Association Pavillion on Iron Mountain.
After dark, participants who have been touched by cancer will be celebrated and loved ones lost to the disease will be remembered during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants walk a lap in silence.
“Relay For Life is much more than a walk around a track,” said longtime supporter Richie Lawry, “Relay is a time to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember those lost and get inspired to fight back. Those who have shared the same experience find common ground, hope, and healing at Relay.”
The American Cancer Society, through the fundraising efforts of volunteers like those in Polk County and volunteers in over 5,200 Relays in the U.S., “saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, finding cures and fighting back against this disease,” Lawry said. “Thanks to research funded by Relay For Life, many cancers that were once considered a death sentence can now be cured and for many more people, their cancer can now be treated effectively.” Every person in Polk County who has been touched by cancer benefits from the research funded by the dedicated volunteers of Relay For Life of Polk County. The public is invited and welcome to attend the event.