The Polk County Relay for Life event to benefit the American Cancer Society was held at Janssen Park in Menda on Friday night.
The event was much different than usual however, due to social distancing rules because of the Covid-19 Virus Pandemic. This year’s event included a “drive through luminaria ceremony” instead of the usual relay walk. The Relay for Life of Polk County was originally scheduled to take place on May 29th, but was suspended due to concerns about the health and safety of participants, volunteers, staff and the cancer patients and their loved ones who rely on the American Cancer Society.
Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser cancer walk for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries. According to the American Cancer Society, funds raised through Relay for Life not only honor survivors and remember loved ones, but also help give cancer patients and their families the resources they need, like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline for answers and support.