Preparations for the American Cancer Society-sponsored Relay For Life of the St. Francois Counties (RFLSFC) are in full swing – including the search for survivors and their caregivers, who will receive special recognition on the evening of the fundraising appeal.
Beginning at 18:00 June 8th and continuing through the night until June 6th, June 9th, RFLSFC will again take place on Park Hills Campus's Mineral Area College.
RFLSFC is held about one and a half months earlier than in previous years. The Steering Committee decided to postpone the event earlier this summer in the hope that the temperatures will be more comfortable for the survivors and all other participants.
"Relay For Life is a celebration of the survival of cancer and a fun way to raise the vital means that are needed to find a cure for cancer," said Sonya Bahr, RFLSFC event co-lead. It will celebrate the lives of so many residents who have survived cancer while offering hope for a cure.
"Anyone diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers are encouraged to attend the ceremony, which opens at 6:00 pm with a Survivors' Round where cancer survivors and their caregivers will take a look around the trail Cancer survivors are a testament to the advances made in improving cancer survival rates and quality of life after cancer treatment. "
Bahr says a candlelight ceremony will be held around 9:00 pm. This Friday night, to honor cancer survivors and remember those who have lost the battle against the disease. Luminaria bags for the ceremony can be purchased at the event.
"Relay For Life is a community event where teams and individuals gather to honor money, raise awareness, celebrate and gather to rid the world of the pain and suffering of cancer," she said. "With the help of donations, the American Cancer Society will provide free information and support to people facing the disease today and finance cancer research that will protect future generations."
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Bahr said a full entertainment agenda is planned, which will include music, team fundraising activities, fun theme nights and contests during the night. She added that RFLSFC is a disabled-friendly event.