There is a constant fight nowadays against cancer and its causes. Fortunately, Relay for Life is one of the initiatives that continue helping and encouraging people in their battle with cancer.
Survivors confessed that the devastating force of cancer included a lot of pain, needles, constant blood work, fatigue, and hair loss. Plus, scans, chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are some of the many efforts that cancer fighters must make in order to deal with this disease.
Nevertheless, every single cancer survivor says that it is all worth it as long as you have a healthy perspective towards life. The next Relay for Life will be in Mercer County, Saturday from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. at Central Park, 120 N. College Avenue.
The Relay will raise money and awareness to help cancer fighters and to support the research of the American Cancer Society. During the Relay, there will be many types of activities such as children’s games, musical entertainment, food sales, and silent auctions.
Plus, there will also be the Survivor’s Walk and many long event runs. The funds will also go to many other support programs including Look Good Feel Better Program, designed to teach women with cancer beauty techniques; transportation for patients to a hospital where they can benefit from the correct treatment; and Hope Lodge, a program which helps patients undergoing treatment.
According to Sue Hiscocks, Mercer County Relay organizer for the last 25 years, Relay for Life is one of the most critical missions for her as she lost her brother, Gary Johnson, after a long fight with leukemia at age 15.
She underlined that it is a tough battle, so people need to be encouraged to carry on. In addition to this, Survivor Walk is the most touching part of the Relay as during this activity you can hear a lot of people cheering and encouraging one another.
Through this initiative, the ones who passed away are remembered, cancer fighters are supported, and survivors are celebrated. Until now, the Mercer County Relay has collected $41,206 during the event, and the fundraising will continue as 22 teams will be walking this Saturday.
At the sunset, the track will be illuminated by luminaria candles which will be available for $10. The silent lap will begin at 9 p.m. and will probably be the most important part of the Mercer County Relay For Life.
Image Source:Cancer Council