The 23rd annual Warren County Relay for Life, held Friday at El Donaldson Stadium on the Bowling Green High School campus, once again was a potpourri of entertainment, fundraising, fun and poignant stories of winning and losing battles with a disease that comes in many forms.
For the past 24 years, the Relay for Life of Lima has been raising money for the American Cancer Society to help people here locally with their own fight with cancer, plus help find a cure for the bad disease. The event honors the lives lost to cancer, celebrate survivors, and support the caregivers who so selflessly help others.
"It went away, and she had two-thirds of her right lung taken out", Berresi said, her voice shaking. This very moving ceremony honors and remembers love ones that were lost to cancer.
This brought her to the attention of the Kildare Relay for Life committee, who asked the five year old Scoil Mhuire student to release doves as part of last year's ceremony. The New Fairfield Relay for Life Committee has a team named "Committed to Finding a Cure 2018".
Dee McCahill, of Million Dollar Fitness, says she has been overwhelmed by the support amongst her members.
Dee said her members are motivated by the fact the money they raise will fund research. White said she was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2016.
The event began with a Survivor and Caregiver Luncheon at 11:30am.
"The whole Relay event has a patriotic theme this year, with Flag Day the day before and Fourth of July soon following".
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"I've had two operations and an unsuccessful bout with chemo", said Colbourne.
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Simmons was having fun Friday as he made his way around the stadium's track, stopping to pose for pictures, but Simmons-costumed Michael Hunt had a serious goal as he helped raise funds for the Berry Global Relay team.
Founded in 1985 by Dr. Gordon Klatt in Tacoma, Washington, where the event raised $27,000, Relay For Life has raised over $5 billion worldwide.
"I relay for my family, myself and to raise awareness", she said.
"It has given us a more intimate location to create togetherness", said organizer Sophia Conerly.
Donna Walter will never forget the moment that her doctor told her the diagnosis.
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