Published On: Thu, May 16th, 2013

Knox County Relay for Life planned for May 31

CREIGHTON — Walkers will go around the clock  May 31 to fight cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Knox County. This “celebration of life” brings the communities together in a unified effort to fight cancer and symbolizes the fight patients face after they are diagnosed with the disease.

Enthusiastic teams will gather at the Creighton High School track for an overnight Relay to join the fight against cancer from 7 p.m. Friday, May 31 until 7 a.m. Saturday, June 1.

Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people every year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and empower individuals and communities to fight back against a disease that takes so much.

Relay For Life opens as cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) walk or use a wheelchair to complete the first lap. This is an emotional time that sets the stage of the importance of each participant’s contribution. A festive atmosphere develops around the track. As walkers make new friends and spend time with old ones, the Relay heats up and the camp-out begins. An atmosphere of camaraderie is created with team members entertaining each other: eating, playing games and, of course, walking for a great cause.

If you are a survivor and would like to take part in this year’s event, please contact Andrea Eggerling at (402)358-3299

Highlighting the evening is the luminaria ceremony taking place after dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember those we have lost. Luminarias line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the importance of their efforts. If you would like to purchase a luminaria to honor or remember a special person in your life, please contact Ardyce Fuchtman at 402(358)-3674

Everyone is invited to come out and join the walkers. See what Relay is all about and help make some noise and work to finish the fight.

If you have any questions please contact Kathy Wagner (402)360-0495, Darla Frisch (402)360-0245 or Jane Wilmes (402)360-0339.