Relay for Life at AC June 28-29
The Adams County Relay for Life is scheduled to begin at noon June 28 and continue until after the Service of Hope on June 29. The event will take place once again at the Adams Central track in Monroe.
This year’s theme is, “Picture a Cure.” There will be an opening ceremony at noon on Saturday. At 6 p.m., the Survivor Celebration will honor those who have survived the dreaded disease and those in remission.
“That means at this time they are cancer free; it refers to the cancer patient who continues to fight the battle against cancer,” commented Wava Lichtle, media contact for the Relay committee.
The always-popular and solemn Luminary Ceremony will start at 10 p.m. on Saturday evening. The names of those who have lost the battle against cancer, the cancer survivors and the ones still battling cancer are read during this ceremony.
Luminaries are lights placed around the outside of the track that are lit in memory or honor of a cancer patient.
“This is a very moving ceremony with all the names that are read,” commented Lichtle. “Everyone in Adams County should attend this ceremony because we need to work together to raise the money to find a cure for cancer. Cancer affects everyone, two out of five people in the state of Indiana will have cancer.
“Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Indiana and in the United States,” said Lichtle. “The Indiana Cancer Consortium Report indicates that two people die every hour from cancer in the state of Indiana. No one makes it through life without being touched by cancer, by having cancer, caring for someone with cancer or knowing someone with cancer.”
Lichtle said that local cancer officials advocate the following steps in preventing or lowering chances of cancer: be tobacco free, avoid secondhand smoke, limit alcohol consumption, maintain a healthy weight throughout your life, consume a healthy diet, adopt a physically healthy lifestyle, and avoid too much sun exposure.
“Be sure to watch for the signs and symptoms of cancer,” said Lichtle. “Get regular checkups, do cancer screenings and vaccines that can reduce your risk for developing cancer.”
Sunday will conclude this year’s event with a Service of Hope at 9 a.m. followed by closing ceremonies and the closing lap.
Those having questions about luminaries, being part of a team, forming a team or donating to Relay for Life can contact Steve Christner at 260-223-3566 or Wava Lichtle at 260-701-4360.
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