Relay for Life continues throughout the United States as many events continue raising awareness and funds to deal with cancer once and for all.
Plum residents brought their contribution as well. According to Nicole Gionata, Plum resident, fighting with cancer is something that you should not be doing alone.
Her grandmother, Geraldine Sutherland of Michigan, fought back breast cancer in 1998 but passed away in 2002 because of lung cancer at the age of 67 years old. Gionata confessed that her grandmother was a very happy person, honest and full of life.
Gionata, who is now 28 years old, participated this Saturday for the second year in a row in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in Pittsburgh East at the Bill Fralic Athletic Center and Penn Hills High School football field.
Furthermore, she added that this Relay was so important to her because of her experience. By participating in these events, Gionata feels that she can bring her contribution to the cancer fight initiative throughout the United States.
According to Kelly Fennessy, Relay For Life Community Manager, the last year’s event from Pittsburgh East, covering many neighboring communities such as Forest Hills, Verona, Monroeville, Woodland Hills, Penn Hills, and Plum, raised an impressive amount of $37,000.
This year, teams can raise money until August 31st as they hope to collect more funds than last year. This is possible because many people support this cause and feel the need to be close to those who are fighting with cancer.
The Relay is not just an event which aims to raise funds, but it is also the ideal opportunity for cancer survivors to gather together and celebrate life. This way some can be an inspiration for others whereas some may change their perspective and start seeing life from a different angle.
Everyone who wants to bring their contribution can buy a Pittsburgh Pirates ticket raffle for entries starting from July 9th. The raffle entry costs $10 and offers you a chance to win four home plate box seats to the game against Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park on July 23rd.
Hopefully, more and more people will start participating in these events to make the Relay For Life the primary symbol of the fight against cancer throughout the United States.