Relay For Life of Marion County will return to Hannibal on Friday, June 2.
The event has come of age, celebrating 21 continuous years of fundraising.
Relay For Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, and its events are community gatherings where teams and individuals set up booths and take turns walking or running a path.
“I relay because people I care about — my family, my friends, my clients — have been affected by cancer,” said this year’s event leader Andy Straube. “I am a big believer in bringing our communities together to support the American Cancer Society. The ACS is second only to the United States government in funding much-needed cancer research.”
Relay For Life of Marion County works with sponsors such as the Hannibal Regional Hospital System and the James E. Cary Cancer Center, which sponsors a survivor dinner.
Relay For Life of Marion County, with the theme “Cruising Through The Decades” will take place in Historic Downtown Hannibal. Entertainment, announcements and awards will use the Music Under The Stars stage, and a survivor reception will be at the Y-Men’s Pavilion. The walking track will be along the street, with luminaria bags in the center. During a ceremony at dusk, the bags will be lit in honor or in memory of those diagnosed with cancer, and the names of those people will be read. Registered survivors will receive a shirt, pin and other donated gifts, along with a dinner sponsored by the Cary Cancer Center.
“Honoring our survivors is key to Relay For Life,” said survivor lead Dana Blase. “Survivors that attend Relay often find it to be an empowering, emotional experience. It is a reunion with fellow survivors and a celebration of victory over cancer. Survivors’ attendance at Relay For Life is key because it serves as a testimony to others that there is life beyond a cancer diagnosis. Our survivors inspire us.”
In 2016, the Relay For Life of Marion County was recognized as one of the top 10 per capita fundraisers in the High Plains Division and nationwide.
The Flower Children, led by Mark and Stephanie Bross, is a Ruby Fundraising Team and was recognized as a national 2016 Team of Excellence for it fundraising efforts. The Flower Children continually raises more than $60,000 annually.
“Our goal this year is $107,500, and we hope to exceed that goal. Only with the dedication and hard work of our teams and participants are we able to reach these goals. The American Cancer Society has pledged to double the amount of funding we put towards research by 2020, and RFL of Marion County is doing all they can to advance that goal,” Kathryn McDaniel, community manager, said.
More information is available by calling 217-740-1496, or visiting relayforlife.org/marioncomo.
Are you a survivor? Relay for Life of Marion County plans to host a dinner to honor those who have battled or are battling cancer.
The survivor dinner, hosted and catered by Hannibal Regional Healthcare System and the James E. Cary Cancer Center, is free to all cancer survivors, and guests are asked to make a $5 donation.
Registration is required, and may be done by calling 877-957-7848.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
The dinner will be held at the Y-Men’s Pavilion, and parking for the disabled will be at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum Interpretive Center lot across the street.
More information is available by calling Dana Blase at 573-795-4647.