When the Johnson County congregation gathers for the annual season for life on June 9th, each participant will have raised money for a different reason.
For Connie Brockman it will be for her father-in-law, her aunt, her uncle, and her great-grandmother. But most of all it will be in memory of her mother. She sat by her mother's side when Krebs killed her in 2009 in her brain, lungs, and chest.
"One day we hope to find a cure for it, I lost all those family members who had it," Brockman said. "I think they will do it, but we still need to raise money and collect to get a cure."
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Every summer at the beginning of the annual season for life in Franklin, hundreds of people crowd together against the scourge of cancer.
Men and women, young and old, work together to celebrate the survivors and resolve to end the disease. Colorful t-shirts proclaim team names such as "Cancer Fears Prayer," "Cancer Crushers," and "Cancer Stinks."
Big fan teams team up to raise thousands of dollars for cancer programs and research. Smaller teams, some with only three or four members, are donating valuable resources to the Relay for Life mission.
But for all the different sizes, compositions and names of the teams involved, everyone makes a difference.
"It's a great opportunity for the community to come together for a fight," said Patty Meade, a longtime supporter of Relay for Life and Team Captain of Cancer Fears Prayer. "We need more research dollars, and with American Cancer Society and Relay for Life we'll do it."
Relay for Life is a nationwide charity event run by hundreds of local communities every year
In the months leading up to the event, the teams spend months collecting money for research and programs, such as To give patients treatments and workshops to help women with hair loss.
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Special activities such as the Luminaria Ceremony, where the participants walk in the dark, while Luminarias are illuminated to remember cancer, and the Survivor's Lap lend the otherwise festive atmosphere a certain sharpness.
"One of the main reasons we're doing relay is to celebrate the survivors," Meade said. "We would like to invite you to join us."
Although Relay for Life has historically been held in Greenwood and the Center Grove, the Franklin event this year will be the only one in Johnson County.
Organizers of The Franklin-based Relay for Life reach out to people across the country to increase engagement, Meade said. The association of the entire county at an event provides an opportunity for people who are no longer with Relay for Life or those who have never participated to form a team.
Dee Kunkel has only been involved with Relay for Life for the past two years. Kunkel is a cancer survivor herself, and although she heard about the fundraiser, other commitments in her life prevented her from attending. After her husband died, she searched for activities for which she volunteered, and she felt Relay for Life's mission was positive.
As captain of the Walmart, she helps to organize fundraisers such as cake sales and collections in the store. She is also spearheading the entertainment for the entire season for life this year.
"What they do is worth it, I enjoy setting things up so it's perfect for me," she said.
The Cancer Fears Prayer team consists of more than 40 to 50 people and is regularly one of the most dynamic fundraisers of the Franklin event. They organize dinner-to-donate events, compile a mystery event that's sold out every year, and sell inspirational t-shirts.
Last year, they raised more than $ 28,000 for the American Cancer Society, the fourth-highest fundraiser in Indiana
"We are a true team that collects donations and does things to engage the community," Meade said. "We work all year long, cancer does not stop, and we do not stop."
Meade, Team Captain at Cancer Fears Prayer, has been involved with Relay for Life for more than 10 years. But after her son, Evan, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2010, she recognized the importance of the services funded by the event.
"For me, giving back to the community is something people do not realize is that a lot of American Cancer Society money is flowing back into our community," she said. "The point is, people do not have to hear the words, 'you have cancer.'" If I can make a difference, so no one has to hear those words, I want to be involved. "
Brockman has been involved in Relay for Life since the founding of the Franklin event. As captain of the Amity Fire and Rescue team, she helps lead the group in fundraising and organization.
Since the team's inception, members have sold Pulle at Relay for Life every June to raise funds. Your goal is to raise $ 1,000. Other benefits include communal meals and breakfast.
The group normally comprises between 15 and 30 people, consisting of members of the fire brigade and their families. But the team is open to all other members of the community who want to participate in the participation in Relay for Life, Brockman said.
"Cancer affects everybody, so we have to get out and raise money for it, too many people die from cancer, we have to do something," she said.
If you go
Relay for Life
If : June 9, noon to midnight
Where : Johnson County Fairgrounds , 250 Fairgrounds St., Franklin
What : A nationwide fundraiser of the American Cancer Society, where teams spend months on cancer research and programs such as patient help with their treatments and workshops to help women deal with Helping Hair Loss
How to Engage : People are still encouraged to form teams and sign up for the event.
Meetings are at the Franklin Community High School, 2600 Cumberland. The meetings take place either in the library or in the LGI room. Both are accessible via the front entrance and right.
The next meetings are scheduled for April 10 and May 8. The meetings are open to all teams, not just captains.
For more information, visit relay.acsevents.org or contact Enos Dotson at [email protected] or call 317-373-9411
The season's organizers for life On June 9 in Franklin, all cancer survivors invite either those who have stopped the treatment or those who are still in their fight against cancer. They will be celebrated during the Survivor Lap of the event, a special time of recognition.
Survivors do not need to be part of an existing relay team or collect donations to participate. Those wishing to attend the survivor celebration can contact Enos Dotson at [email protected] or 317-373-9411.