Lockeport's YOLO Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life event happening June 8

Chuck before

Chuck before

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.

"My goal is to see more survivors than people who lose the battle", she said. You will be moved by the stories of our survivors and caregivers and then spend a few reflective minutes as we walk the track silently with handheld candles and glowing bags lighting the way. "This can't continue. We have to make the environment better so that this cancer does not, you know, continue repeating itself", said Diane Cade, a cancer survivor.

"You stay up all night for just one night to fight cancer, but the people who are going through this battle have to fight cancer every day, all day long".

Hart said she believes humanity needs to find a cure for all cancers, and that's why she works to raise money to help with research.

This year, 415 Relay for Life events are scheduled nationwide, with over 110,000 participants. For more information, visit "American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Upper Illinois Valley" on Facebook or contact Rita Borelli. Hundreds of supporters cheered as cancer survivors made their victory lap around the camping area at Colasanti's.

Nutter Fort, W.Va. - The sun was shining and the heat was up but that didn't't keep folks from gathering at the Clarksburg City Park in Nutter Fort Friday evening for Harrison County's Relay for Life. Local businesses who have gone out of their way to ensure our event is a huge success year after year.


Then, Relay sponsors will be recognized as well as teams and committees.

Money raised from relay events across the country is used by the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research, as well as promoting awareness and assisting cancer patients in making arduous trips to cancer centers. Teams must have one participant on the track at all times.

"When the ones you love are diagnosed with or die from cancer, friends and family often want to do something to help or remember them".

Friday was a special day in Great Bend for many people as the Barton County Relay For Life Event got underway at Veterans Memorial Park.

"(Survivors are) the reason why we plan this event", Zeller said.

Carey said both Venango and Clarion counties are looking to get more volunteers involved with their many fund-raising opportunities. "I've been involved with this event for 15 years, and they amaze me every single year".

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