Preparations for the Relay For Life of St. Francois County sponsored by the American Cancer Society (RFLSFC) are ongoing, including the search for survivors and their caregivers who will receive special recognition the night of the fundraising event .
Set to start at 6 pm On June 8 and continue throughout the night until 6 a.m. On June 9, RFLSFC will take place once again at the Park Hills campus of Mineral Area College.
The RFLSFC will be held approximately one and a half months earlier than in previous years. The steering committee decided to move the event earlier in the summer with the hope that the temperature is more comfortable for survivors and all participants
"Relay For Life is a celebration of cancer survival and a fun way to funds needed to help find a cure for cancer, "said Sonya Bahr, co-leader of the RFLSFC event. It will celebrate the lives of so many local residents who have survived cancer, while offering hope to find a cure.
"Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers is encouraged to join the celebration." The opening ceremony will begin at 6 pm with the lap of a survivor, where cancer survivors and their caregivers They will give a round of triumph around the track.The participation of local cancer survivors is proof of the progress made in improving cancer survival rates and quality of life after cancer treatment. "
According to Bahr, the candlelight ceremony will take place at approximately 9 p.m. That Friday night to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost the fight against the disease. Luminaria bags for the ceremony can be purchased at the event.
"Relay For Life" is a community event where teams and individuals come together to honor, celebrate and raise funds and awareness in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer, "he said." The money raised will help to the American Cancer Society to provide free information and support to people facing the disease today, and will fund cancer research that will help protect future generations. "
Last year's event: the 21st held at the St. Francois County since 1996 – raised about $ 70,000.
Bahr said a full entertainment schedule is planned that will include music, team fundraising activities, fun theme tours and contests throughout the night. She added that RFLSFC is an accessible event for the disabled.