Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Relay for Life to fight cancer together

Relay for Life to fight cancer together

The event is free to the public and family friendly.

"For me, Relay for Life is a way to make a difference in the lives of so many people and a way to change the outcome of a cancer diagnosis", senior Katlyn Hansen, event chair, said.

Relay for Life of Polk County will be from 10 a.m. Saturday through 10 a.m. Sunday at Independence Riverview Park.

The night will kick off with a celebratory lap by the survivors followed by a lap by the caregivers of cancer patients before everyone joins the relay.

"It's fantastic when you see everybody in the survivor lap walk together and we have signs saying how many years you've been a survivor and you have the first year ones". There will also be a keynote speech from a cancer researcher.

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Celebrate survivors, remember those lost and those fighting the fight against cancer. "If I can do anything, raise money and/or educate, I will do whatever I can so someone else won't go through losing both their parents to cancer". While producing a local TV morning show at a now defunct station in Branson, she was sacked on April 1, 1994, and at first believed it to be an April Fools' Day joke. This year, we're doing it in memory of my husband, who died on January 1 of this year.

"Relay For Life in communities such as Clearfield and surrounding area are working to support the research that will find a cure for cancer".

"I had Hodgkin's nearly 20 years ago", said Gardiner, who has been in remission ever since.

"One of the board of education's goals in the district is volunteering - we want 100 percent of our kids to volunteer and learn to give back to the community", Castle said.

Catherine says because of what she witnessed she and her children live in constant fear of cancer, but with the help of Dee McCahill at Million Dollar Fitness she has been able to feel more positive. New and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer are needed to help people through their cancer journey.

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"It's powerful, it's inspiring", she said.

"There's some good coming out of this year", she said.

"I knew I was going to have to fight and I was going to need the help of the community, friends and family".

During Relay For Life, members of each team take turns walking or running around the track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.

"The students have raised money all school year to raise funds for the fight against cancer", said Nick Liporace, community development manager for the American Cancer Society.

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