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Relay for Life raises over $20000 to support American Cancer Society

19 June 2017
Relay for Life raises over $20000 to support American Cancer Society

Team recruitment is continuing for Kildare Relay for Life 2017, but the organisers are concerned there are still serious omissions from some areas in the County. Relay for Life goes on now until the end of August. We're not sure what we're going to do yet, but we're going to continue to fight cancer. There is much we still don't know about it, about how it turns healthy cells destructive and sends them out of control. That is more people and more donations than previous year, according to Lindsey Hanley of the American Cancer Society. We really would like to get the community more involved so we'll work on getting more flyers, more posters.

There is a new program this year called Pairathon where two teams of two will each walk a combined 26.2 miles, the length of a full marathon.

Relay will be 4 p.m. June 23 to 4 p.m. June 24 at the Normal Community High School track, 3900 E. Raab Road.

McRedmond had joined Relay for Life because of her friends and family who had cancer. Teams raise money and team members walk the track during the event. "When you hear the word 'cancer, ' you feel helpless".

Three years later and she is cancer free, supported along the way by the positive spirit promoted by Cancer Research's Relay for Life. This year, honorary chair Dale Roberts will be among those leading the survivors on the opening lap. "We couldn't get enough people on board".

Oliver Arnold, a 34-year-old financial planner from Catonsville, is taking part in the event for the first time as the captain of a team from the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce. Event chair Jenette Vlasoff said this year, the teams stepped up in sponsoring those events.

"She told me, 'Mom, I'm doing this because I don't remember what happened to you and I don't want anyone else to have to remember it, '" Aronowitz said, adding, "I'm very lucky".

The free survivors dinner for cancer survivors will be held at 6 New Prospect Baptist Church tonight. "Relay is an opportunity for people to see what support system is in place if they ever have cancer or someone in their family has cancer", he said.

A crew from Union Gas, several of who live in Sault Ste.

Jodie Finamore, a co-chair of the North Shore Relay for Life with her mother Sandy, was pleased to accept the cheque for $1,000 from Don and Darlene Van Daele, along with Mark Pilatzke, who worked his last day that day.

"Had I been diagnosed 10 years previously, my outcome may not have been so good", she said.