Relay For Life to Help Cancer Victims
Every year in April, a country wide relay for life is organized by the American Cancer Society to spread awareness among people regarding cancer and raise funds for research, advocacy and education. This year the organizers are terming it to be their best fundraiser event in recent history. The event will also be held in more than 5,000 locations around the world as a whole.
There have been some misfortunes in the recent history concerning the event. Three years ago, after raising $167,000, the event was cancelled due to heavy thunderstorm and tornado warnings. Last year, the group even fell short of its $150,000 goal. This year, they are pretty confident that they would make it a success.
Individuals can help by registering their group and raising money. The local relay event will be held on April 27 at the soccer field at Columbus High School. Those who wish to take part in the 12 hour walk can sign up their team. The relay will kick off at 6 p. m. and continue throughout the night.
Mott Ellis, from Relay for Life said,â€ťCancer doesnâ€™t sleep and we wonâ€™t either, which is why the night eventâ€ť. The first lap will be walked by cancer survivors, followed by others. She also went on to add that that the relay is a community event which can be enjoyed by family, friends. There will also be games, food and activity for all age groups.
Ellis has been a part of this event after she lost her mother to lung cancer in 2004, and her husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005. She continues to do so to help others like her in dealing with cancer. Over 3.5 million people are expected to be a part of this mega event in their communities this year.