PG Relay for Life walking on new grounds this weekend

Henrietta Strickland
June 10, 2018

Digby's Relay for Life is scheduled for June 16 at the Digby arena and Yarmouth will have its Relay for Life June 23 at the Mariners Centre.

Helen Hartmann has been attending the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Chickasaw County since the 1980s, which basically means she's been there from the beginning; after all Relay for Life started in 1986. "Not only the survivor or the person going through cancer, but also the caregivers", said Eric Witham, Relay For Life logistics event chair. You can have the best family and friends in the world but they don't really get it.

"We're proud to say that, to date (Monday, June 4), we have raised $56,000 in support of the American Cancer Society programs, information and services", Martin said. The second-highest amount raised by an individual this year was $2,615. The money is great; it goes toward research but this is a lot more than just the money for people who volunteer.

"I know this sounds corny, but I think we're all brothers and sisters and we need to show some care for one another", Silipigni said.

Silipigni joined cancer survivors, caregivers and others who have been affected by the disease at the Douglas County Relay for Life at Rock Chalk Park on Friday.

The event is organized by the American Cancer Society.

"It brings tears to your eyes that they would wait for us ... they were glad to see that she made it around one more time", she said. Teams set up tents around the field selling items off to raise funds for ACS while one team member represented the group circling the track. "Oh my gosh, that was so huge", Jackson laughed recalling last year's event. The first lap was walked by cancer survivors.

It is a way to honor survivors and those who have lost the battle to cancer. "I truly believe in this message, being a survivor [myself]".

Cancer survivor and Relay For Life participant Kelly O'Rourke during 2018 Relay For Life event on Friday at Colasanti's Tropical Gardens.

"I Relay for those who can't". There were days when my mind and my body said "no", but I kept going. That same track turns into a living memorial of lighted luminary bags, bearing the names of loved ones who are encouraged to fight on or bags reminding us of our friends that lost their battle.

Relay For Life of Upper Illinois Valley committee members, Linda Kofoid, left, and Nancy Jackson are gearing up for the 2018 Relay event, which will take place at Mendota High School on Saturday, July 14.

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