VALORIE EVERSOLE - Daily Union Reporter
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
The Relay for Life of Shelby County will be “Making Waves for a Cure” this year in an effort to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
The annual Kick-Off event will be held Monday, March 12, from 5-7 p.m. at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center. Team captains, team members, and anyone wanting to know more about Relay is invited to attend.
“We wanted it to be a lake theme this year,” said co-chairman Kathy Storm. “It will give the teams a lot of ideas.”
Stations will be set up to give teams information about this year’s event as well as provide fundraising ideas. There will also be raffle giveaways and refreshments throughout the evening.
“It’s a perfect night for someone thinking about forming a team can get more information about Relay,” said committee member Barb Waymire.
To date, there are seven teams registered with $8,732 raised toward the $53,000 fundraising goal.
“We are up $1500 over this time last year,” said ACS staff partner Meaghan McDonagh.
Teams may register online at www.relayforlife.org/shelbyil, but are still encouraged to attend the Kick-Off.
The Relay For Life event celebrates cancer survivors, remembers cancer victims, and educates all in cancer prevention. The event is a 12-hour overnight event that symbolizes a cancer patient’s walk from diagnosis to survivorship. The carnival-like atmosphere invites the general public to participate and encourages the teams in their fundraising efforts.
Reasons for participating also vary. Teams may be working together in memory of a friend or family member who have lost the battle with cancer. Others participate to support friends and family who are currently fighting cancer. Still others just believe in the work of the American Cancer Society.
The Relay event will be August 3-4 in Forest Park.