Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
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Long Locks Chopped As Relay For Life Begins

Long Locks Chopped As Relay For Life Begins

Rain may have delayed the event, but for the hundreds of people that gathered at Riverwalk Park it was worth the wait to be a part of the annual Relay for Life to support the American Cancer Society's mission to fight cancer.

"She told me I needed to call first thing Monday and not to put it off because my cancer marker that was supposed to be less than 3 was a 38", Hart said. "I Relay because it is heartwarming, inspirational and WE Make a Difference!"

"We welcomed over 50 cancer survivors, 200 participants and members of the American Cancer Society National Relay Leadership Team, who came as far as California to join us", in addition to local visitors, Martin said.

This year there will be an opening ceremony to honor cancer survivors and a luminaria ceremony to remember those who have died. 7 News is a sponsor of Relay for Life. "Things like the American Cancer Society support those people who don't have the help", said Meeker. "This event helps people bond together, and Miami County has been very supportive to its survivors".

Miss Rhode Island Allie Coppa will attend the Kent County Relay for Life Saturday at West Warwick High School. The most notable change this year will be the move to Mendota High School for the event.

Previous year alone, the lodge has hosted 32 patients and guests from the county, whom stayed 218 nights total. Various commemorative laps kicked off the relay, including a survivors' lap, a caregiver lap, and a series of team intro laps, as well as a dinner held on the grounds for all survivors.

Only 1,000 tickets will be sold and all of the proceeds will go to the team for this year's Relay. "I want those with cancer to see there is hope when they look at me".

On June 8 starting at 4 p.m., the Relay for Life 2018 events will kick-off at Minot State University.

By joining the Relay For Life event, you can help attack cancer from every angle.

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.

"Putting together an event like this is not easy; it takes about a year of planning", said McMurter. "And, you know, when the shoe fits, you wear it". "I truly believe in this message, being a survivor [myself]".

"If it wasn't for (the community), I don't think it would have been as easy for me", breast cancer survivor Jo Ellis said. "When a cancer patient says they're exhausted, it's a exhausted that a non-patient doesn't understand".

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