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COLUMBIA CITY â€” In the Parkview Whitley Hospital basement, surrounded by purple tablecloths and ribbons, Event Chairperson Cathy Cronin welcomed attendees to the annual Relay for Life Kick-off Party.
â€śWe were expecting 30 people. We ran out of name tags,â€ť said Melissa Stephens American Cancer Society (ACS) community representative.
â€śSo this is a really great turn out.â€ť
Relay for Life is a fundraising opportunity lead by the ACS.
The walk takes place once a year across the country. This yearâ€™s Relay for Life will be held at Indian Springs Middle School June 1 at 9 a.m. to June 2 at 9 a.m. Last year 22 teams, with an average of 10 participants per team, competed to raise funds to aid cancer research and treatment in Whitley County.
Once again, teams will walk the track for 24 hours and try to raise $100 per team member, either by fundraising, donations or with a business sponsoring the team. Last yearâ€™s winning team raised $2,908. Tammy Gross, a six-year cancer survivor and caregiver chair, applauded survivors for the hope they have given others and the caregivers who have supported their loved ones.
This yearâ€™s theme is â€śTwist and Shout for a Cure,â€ť and the goal is to raise $26,000. With entertainment, games and food, Relay for Life coordinators hope for an increase in support.
For information on joining an existing team, starting a new team or helping out with the event, visit www.RelayForLife.org/whitleycountyin.