Marist holds ACS Relay for Life

Pearl Mccarthy
June 1, 2018

The Relay is open to the public, so if you happen to be downtown Friday night and wish to participate, you are welcome.

Callie Klein, Event Chair says proceeds go back to the American Cancer Society, "and it's used for funding medical research grants".

Relay For Life is supported by teams representing local businesses, schools, churches, and families whose members walk or run laps around the grove throughout the 16-hour period to raise funds.

The survivor ceremony and caregivers lap will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the luminaria will be lit at 9:30 p.m. 10 on your side Today anchor Katie Collett is hosting the event.

"Throughout the whole process, the Cancer Society has been really supportive", she said.

Relay for Life is a community fundraising event where teams of people take turns walking or running around a track.

"We had different colleagues and teachers do fundraising activities on their own", Watson said. "It has an impact on treatment outcome", she said".

Dechen Wangmo said the government and communities need to come together to create enabling environment so that people with cancer can live longer and are able to fight the disease.

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Marion County's relay invariably raises more money each year than any other relay in this part of the state, according to Kathryn McDaniel, senior community development manager for the ACS.

"I lost my grandmother to cancer in August", MacIntyre said.

Amanda Goodpasture, chairwoman of Garfield County Relay For Life 2018, along with her co-chair, Amanda Mojica, first participated in Relay for Life when they were growing up in their respective hometowns of Whitehouse, Texas, and Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Just three years later Catherine's life was touched by cancer again when her sister Susan McGoldrick was diagnosed with stage 4A cervical cancer. Betler said the American Cancer Society would unexpectedly send her giftcards for gas that always seemed to arrive during the most hard times.

Losing her hair deeply affected Betler, the Look Good Feel Better program introduced her to other women who were going through the same thing she was. "I think Relay is important because this is a community and it gives survivors strength and helps them realize that they are not alone". "What they did, what they gave me, it was truly awesome".

American Cancer Society also helps fund the Bob Perks Foundation.

Relay for Life, the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will take place in Wichita Falls this Friday and Saturday.

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