Cancer is a disease that affects millions of people around the world yearly – that’s why the American Cancer Society holds their signature and most successful fundraiser, Relay for Life, to raise funds for cancer research in the hopes of ultimately improving cancer survival rates, decrease the incidents of cancer, and improve the quality of life for those affected by the disease.
Almost four million people in over 5,000 communities across the United States take part in Relay events, many of which are cancer survivors themselves.
Breast cancer survivor and member of the Ellwood City Relay for Life committee, Jackie Kline, has been a huge advocate for the efforts of the American Cancer Society for almost a decade.
“The positive support the society receives is absolutely amazing – we have supporters world-wide who volunteer so much time and money towards fighting this horrible disease,” Kline stated.
For many years the Ellwood City Relay for Life committee has been hosting an array of events to raise money specifically for cancer patients local to Lawrence County.
“Most of the funds stay in Lawrence County and help pay for cancer funding, patients who need rides to their appointments, makeup, hair, basically anything that someone battling cancer may need and we can help with – no one has to fight this battle alone,” Kline said.
In previous years the annual Relay for Life has taken place at Ellwood City’s Helling Stadium, but the event is being upgraded to downtown this year, an improvement Kline hopes will entice more people to participate.
More people are expected to attend since the event is within walking distance of many people in downtown Ellwood and many businesses in Ellwood will also be participating in the event, some even opening for special hours.
Relay For Life this year will be on Sat. June 10th on Lawrence Ave between 5th and 6th street. Opening ceremony honoring survivors will begin at 1p.m. and the street will be blocked off at 9a.m. for set up of teams and outside vendors.
The theme this year is “Paint The Town Purple”. Purple ribbons and support signs will be decorated appropriately throughout the town.
All day entertainment will include live performances, kids games and activities, basket auctions, and food from local vendors. Team North Sewickley Walkers will be holding a “Chalk The Town” sidewalk art contest.
Bark for Life will be between 4-6p.m. – more information on the flyer below.
The Survivor Luncheon will be held on Sunday, June 4, from 2 to 5 pm at Wurtemburg-Perry Fire Hall, and all survivors and one guest are invited to the luncheon. More details here.