The American Cancer Society 2016 Relay For Life of Big Walnut was held last Friday on Sunbury Village Square. The evening kicked off with an opening ceremony recognizing cancer survivors, and the 2016 Purple Sash was awarded to Sidney Hatfield, in recognition of her battle against glioblastoma.
American Cancer Society community coordinator Sarah Swegan said there were 20 teams participating in this year’s Relay For Life, up four teams from last year.
“Our goal this year is to raise $40,000 for cancer research and patient advocacy,” Swegan said before the relay began. “We’ve already raised $30,115.39, so we’re well on our way to meeting that goal.”
The first Relay For Life was in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington. He logged 83.6 miles and raised $27,000 through pledges. Since then, Relay For Life has raised nearly $5 billion. This year 4 million people will take part in Relay For Life in 20 countries.
All money raised during Relay For Life events goes to the American Cancer Society. Area residents may continue to contribute to the 2016 Relay For Life of Big Walnut total via their favorite Relay teams until the Relay season ends on Aug. 31.
This year’s Glow4Hope 5k run/walk to benefit Relay For Life of Big Walnut will be on Saturday, July 16.
The race kicks off from Sunbury Mills (Kroger) Plaza. Registration starts at 8 p.m. Race at 9:30 p.m. with an after party at the Big Walnut Grille, featuring ClassicRPM.
For more information, search for Glow4Hope on Facebook.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093