Monday, 20 August, 2018

Get Ready for New Fairfield Relay for Life on June 2

Jillene McMichael Relay For Life chairman asked cancer survivors and family members what their silver linings in the cancer journey were. Cancer affects everyone on different levels and the responses she received were all different and equally touching Get Ready for New Fairfield Relay for Life on June 2
Anna Jefferson | 01 June, 2018, 23:34

American Cancer Society also helps fund the Bob Perks Foundation.

Betler said she is doing well now, continuing to take medication to try to prevent her cancer from returning, preparing for what will be her 30th operation and raising money to support the organization that supported her. Their last trip for treatment cost about $6,000.

"Cancer has touched all of our lives in one way or another, whether it has taken someone we love from us or we have been blessed to have someone stay here a little longer", Craft said. "It's pretty powerful when you see everybody together on that line to start off the survivor walk", event leadership committee member Stacey Betler said Tuesday.

This year's local goal is $35,000. As of eight days before Relay, the amount raised was $52,277.

Amanda Goodpasture, chairwoman of Garfield County Relay For Life 2018, along with her co-chair, Amanda Mojica, first participated in Relay for Life when they were growing up in their respective hometowns of Whitehouse, Texas, and Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. "We always did events at each school, but this is a districtwide event that gets everybody involved and it's the biggest we have done in recent memory".

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Audubon County, which will take place on Friday, June 8 at the Exira City Park.

"People should come out to this event, because there will be something for everyone at the event and it is helping a great cause as well", said volunteer Paula Casstevens. "We are encouraging all our students to walk a lap if they want".

It is important to note that the time for Relay this year has changed.

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In the No. 2 spot are Chatham Cancer Crushers, with $6,291. Instead of the event lasting 18 hours it will last eight hours.

In just six short years, Marist has raised almost $300,000 through this event. Throughout the evening, there will be food, games and events for children.

New this year, the Antwerp United Methodist Church will have a prayer booth.

At 9 Saturday night the lights will go down for the ceremony leading up to the closing ceremony at 11.

The luminaria ceremony will begin at 10 p.m. Luminaria are $5 each and can be purchased online or at the event. It's so touching to listen to the stories and to see the luminaries being lit.

Opening remarks will be given by U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, a representative of state Sen. There is also a prayer and moment of silence.

You can help celebrate survivors and support those who continue to battle cancer this weekend. Participants will be given a T-shirt frozen into a ball of ice.

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