Cancer affects nearly everyone at some point during their lives. Unfortunately, most will know someone who has had cancer. Changing those statistics takes, among many things, awareness and money. This
Saturday evening at Trenton Middle School circle drive, The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Grundy County will provide both.
The Relay for Life will officially kick off at 5 p.m. with the opening ceremony – the Survivor lap – to honor those who are fighting the war against cancer.
Honoring survivors and victims
From 4 p.m. until Relay For Life’s official start at 5 p.m, survivors will be able to register at the survivor tent. Suzi Beck, Relay Survivor Chair says, “Survivors include anyone who has ever been diagnosed with the disease—regardless of whether or not they have been declared free of cancer.”
The Relay For Life honors survivors with the first lap because “they’re the reason we Relay,” says Beck. “Survivors are our hope and encouragement.” This lap is followed by a caregiver lap. Anyone who has ever provided care for a cancer patient is welcome to walk–even if their loved one isn’t at the Relay.
At 9 p.m., there will be a luminaria ceremony memorializing loved ones lost to cancer and to honor those who have battled or are still battling the disease. Luminaria are white sacks with sand and a candle; each bears the name of friends and family that have heard the words: “You have cancer.” Each name will be read in the luminaria ceremony in order to remember those that lost the fight and to honor the survivors. Bags can be purchased for $5 at the Trenton Middle School through this Friday afternoon or purchased at the event until 8 PM on Saturday.
Emily Kaysinger, and Jadeth McCloud two of our youngest Relay For Life Team Captain know first hand how important it is to Relay. They are each Relaying to help find a cure for cancer since they have both been affected by cancer at a young age. Many of the the other Team captains Relay because they have somebody – either a relative or close friend – that has survived or passed away from cancer, in . . The celebration of life brings the community together in a unified effort to fight cancer and symbolizes the fight that cancer patients must face after they’re diagnosed with cancer. People have been drawn together by a very simple, but urgent need: to stop cancer from hurting or destroying our lives–and it’s working. Emily and Jadeth want there to be a day when people no longer hear the words, You Have cancer”
“The money we raise goes toward research, education, advocacy efforts and services for patients and their families,” says Beck, Relay fundraising comes from several sources, including donations to participants, purchasing a luminaria or purchasing dinner or snacks at one of the various team booths.
This year’s Relay For Life–Grundy County has 8 teams. The 7 teams participating in the event Saturday night are from businesses, as well as friends and family of those who have been affected by cancer. Some groups involved in Saturday’s Relay include: Alice’s Angels, Trenton Shopko, North Missouri Saddle club, Lil Critters, Jadeth’s RelayTeam, Trenton FFA, Trenton MS FCCLA and Wright Memorial Hospital will be set up by 5 p.m., serving items such as walking tacos, loaded baked potatoes, funnel cakes, curly potatoes and Sno Cones. There will also be face painting along with on stage entertainment, cake walk and many games. We will also have a variety of Laps that the community can be a part of such as The Blackout Cancer lap- Dress up in black; The Purple lap- Dress up in as much purple as you can; The hat lap- Wear a big ol’ hat to protect you from the sun; Sucker and Shades lap- Cancer Sucks!
Monetarily, the goal is to raise $10,000. As of Tuesday night, teams have raised just over $2,025, according to their website . The website will continue to be updated as money is turned in.
Anyone wishing to donate to the Relay for Life of Grundy County event or those looking for more information are encouraged to visit www.relayforlifeof grundycounty. Donations can also be made to teams during Saturday’s Relay for Life. Of course, all proceeds raised go to the American Cancer Society to fund research and to reach the ultimate objective of finding a cure and stamping out cancer.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend. You don’t have to be a team member–or even registered–to come out to the school on Saturday night and help fight cancer. Bring your friends and family and your lawn chair. There will be a DJ, games and even a cake walk going on throughout the evening. Together, let’s work to beat cancer!