Kicking Cancer From Every Angle!

Kicking Cancer From Every Angle!
By: Michelle Weinmann
The fighters, supporters, survivors and volunteers will all be out rocking downtown Rugby and Harvey in the next couple of weeks with our local Relay for Life events. Rugby’s event is June 1st and Harvey’s is June 15th. The fight for cancer has been near to my heart since finding out my mother had cancer 12 years ago. But, she is a survivor and we continue to fight and support those around us who are continuing the battle or have fought and passed, like my uncle who we lost much too young. Relay for Life is a team effort that began in 1985 as a way to raise funds for American Cancer Society and brings the community together in a unified effort to fight cancer and raises awareness of the journey patients face as they fight the disease. Luminaries decorated and featuring the names of loves ones who have lost their battle with cancer, as well as survivors, are displayed on the walking path. The event is free to the public and family friendly. We want those involved; our volunteers, survivors, sponsors, everyone, to know by coming together and educating ourselves as a community we can help make great strides against this disease that in some way has touched us all. Our fundraising efforts are crucial to continue research efforts to find a cure as well as providing much needed services, such as rides to and from treatment and places for out of town patients to stay without financial burden, to those currently fighting for their lives in our community. In Harvey, our event is a Tri-County Relay event. We start out with our Community Meal (free-will donation) from 5:00-6:30 pm at the Armory. We will also have some games going, music, our Relay Store, silent auction bidding, selling of Luminaries, and team registration and team campsites set up. After the meal at 6:30 is the opening ceremonies. The Survivor Lap, Caregiver Lap and release of balloons is right at 7 pm. This year we are doing something a little different—we are having a Little Miss Relay Pageant. This is going to be a lot of fun for the little girls! They can dress up, get their nails painted by the cheerleaders, have a little program and get a tiara. We also have a new event this year—a wine-tasting at 8:30 along with some more games that I will be helping with. Some of the fun we have planned include a Cake Walk—which we are looking for donations of cakes. If you want to help, please let Michelle Weinmann know. It’s a great way to get involved. Also we will be doing Bed Races! This is with hospital beds with wheels. We are looking for teams to register and there will be prizes for Best time and Best décor. Yes, you will want to decorate your teams bed if you are able. Other fun activities going on will be a watermelon eating contest, frozen T-shirt contest and a kid friendly Scavenger Hunt. Prizes will be awarded! At 10 pm is our Lighting of Luminaries and at 10:30 is our Luminaria Ceremony or “Reading of Names". If you have been to a past event, you will remember seeing all the bags lit honoring or memorializing those that have survived or fought and passed because of cancer. The bags will be sold at the relay and around town prior to the Relay. We have them available here at the agency in Harvey. They are $5 or whatever you would like to donate. You can buy as many bags as you would like. The final lap and ceremony concludes at 12 am. We hope to see everyone out supporting our community and continuing the fight!