MOUNT GILEAD – Jan Boyd lost her mother to lung cancer in 2005.
Boyd and her daughters, Layla and Lucy Murray, joined Janet Conner at Gilead Friends Church on a beautiful Friday night as part of the Year in Honor of Morrow County Relay Life Events
Approximately 25 employees and family members of Morrow County Hospital closed Boyd and her daughters on their way to
"We're the Walking Warriors of Morrow County Hospital," said Boyd
MCH team member Bridgette Rhoads also recalled losing her mother, Stacy Lyn, to Siegfried Whitt three years ago , She had a luminous bag with her name in her memory.
Relay For Life is a community-based fundraising event run by the American Cancer Society. Each year, more than 3,500 relay-for-life events take place in more than 20 countries.
"The fight against cancer is real," organizer Connie Mattingly told the crowd as the event began. "Never give up hope."
Heather Robinson of 31
"A woman in our home office, Kate Rose, was diagnosed with breast cancer and she is loved by all of us," Robinson said.
Like many who participate in Relay For Life, she has lost loved ones to the disease. "My grandfather and my aunt both died of cancer."
T-shirts, balloons, spirit sticks, and other purple items were shown by toddlers to those in their 80s.
Robinson had pink shirts with "Believe. #KHR" printed for Rose on them.
This marked the 19th year for the event in Morrow County and the fourth year in the church. A silent auction was held and a ham dinner served the survivors.
Greg Mooney told his story of beating cancer.
"I was blind, but adversities harden and soften us," Mooney said.
As the most successful charity event of the American Cancer Society and the organization's flagship event, Relay For Life's mission is to raise funds to improve cancer survival and cancer incidence, and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their patients caregivers.
"Survivors, they inspire us to continue the fight against cancer, which is why we talk," Mattingly said.
Relay For Life attendee Friday night in the parking lot of Gilead Friends Church. More photos on www.morrowcountysentinel.com.
Magnets by Layla and Lucy Murray, daughters of Jan Boyd, a team from Morrow County Hospital Relay For Life.
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