Milford’s Relay for Life was held Saturday, June 16, continuing the event’s tradition for over 20 years. The event honors the memory of those who have been lost to cancer, celebrates those who are fighting the battle as well as those who have won the battle. It also brings awareness to the work being done to fight the disease.This year’s committee selected Moonlight Mardi Gras – Help Unmask A Cure as the theme.
The annual event raises money for the American Cancer Society, to help increase research money to battle cancer and awareness of the disease and the families it affects. Leading up to the event, each Relay team holds fund raisers throughout the year to collect money that is then donated to the American Cancer Society. At Relay for Life, teams set up themed campsites in order to continue collecting donations. When team members are not walking, they visit other campsites and staff their own throughout the night.
Event Co-Chairs Charles Gray and Carmen Kemper led this year’s effort that also included the Stomp Out Cancer 5K earlier that morning.
“Cancer strikes every family, whether a grandparent, sister, cousin or even a neighbor, it hits home for so many people,” said Gray. “We want to do anything we can as a community to help those in need. Teaming up with the American Cancer Society allows us to help others connect with their educational programs, transportation assistance for cancer patients and our fundraising efforts go towards cancer research.” Gray remarked that his family has been personally touched by cancer as his brother and great nephew are currently battling the disease.
Relay for Life continues to help individuals by showing them that comfort, healing and support can be found by sharing with others who have experienced cancer in some form in their lives; directly or through loved ones. The Relay for Life event offers opportunities for participants to meet others who are as equally passionate about finding a cure for cancer, thank people who have helped with personal cancer experiences and make new, lasting friendships and memories.
Bayhealth Medical Center was at the event talking with attendees about the general concept of cancer and prevention efforts. “It is so important for survivors to be out here and that we recognize their commitment, and the commitment of their families, through their treatment,” said Sandy Voss, representing Bayhealth. “We also want to recognize that this is a community effort with Batyhealth and the American Cancer Society and that no one has to go through cancer alone.”
Raising over $20,000 this year, Gray stressed that there are still ways for families and businesses to donate to this year’s Really for Life fundraising efforts. More information can be found online http://www.relayforlife.org/milfordde
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