Relay For Life fights cancer at Rock Creek Park Saturday

Friday, June 2, 2017

On June 3, 2017, local residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marshall County at Rock Creek Park, to raise funds and awareness in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer. The event starts at 4 p.m. and concludes at 10 p.m.

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Washington in 1985, the Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fund-raising event to save lives from cancer. Uniting communities across the globe, we celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change. During Relay For Life events, members of each team take turns walking or running around the track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event and that night at the event.

Funds raised help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the Society has invested more than $4.3 billion in research since 1946, and have funded more than 20,000 scientists at more than 1,000 institutions nationwide.

No one understands how vital these services are, more than local cancer survivors. In 2016, 34 Marshall County cancer patients received 74 services provided by The American Cancer Society. The services consisted of: attending a Look Good Feel Better class, wig and head cover, receiving a Personal Health Manager (PMH) and nights of free lodging during their treatment away from home at an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. These are just a few, of the many patient support programs that are funded by Relay For Life events.

In addition to the support of the community, Relay For Life of Marshall County is also supported by many local businesses and organizations. This year’s teams include: First Tennessee Bank, Lewisburg Printing and Hawk Converting, CB&S Bank, Marshall County Internet Service,

Wal-Mart, Marshall County Heath Council and NHC Lewisburg & Caris Hospice.