Thousands of Nebraskans are taking part in Relay For Life fundraisers this month to benefit the American Cancer Society. Spokesman Chuck Reed says the relay events are the charity’s largest annual fund drive and the money they bring in goes toward cancer research.
“It’s an event where we remember those we’ve lost to cancer, we celebrate those who’ve beaten the disease and we try to fight back against the opponent, cancer,” Reed says. “It affects one in two men, one in three women in their lifetimes, so it truly does affect if not ourselves, definitely someone we know, a family member, a friend, co-worker, whatever.”
During the events in cities across Nebraska, relay teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park or fairgrounds.
Relay events are up to 24 hours in length and, because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times. Reed says it’s easy to sign up online.
“Relay For Life-dot-org,” Reed says. “Go there and all you have to do is type in your zip code and it will list all the events in your area, with the date, and you can number down to 10 miles or 20 miles or whatever you want to do. You can get signed up and help us in the fight against cancer.”
The events also feature special contests, bake sales, dinners and a luminaria display to honor cancer victims — and survivors.
For more information, visit: www.relayforlife.org