By: Laura Genouw
The city of St. Johns, Mich., will host the annual Relay for Life event starting on May 17 as the spring weather arrives. The event will start at 3 p.m. on May 17 and run through May 18. It will take place at the Clinton County Fairgrounds.
Relay for Life is an event run by the American Cancer Society. It involves fundraising for the American Cancer Society and celebrates the lives of survivors who have battled cancer and those who have died due to the disease.
Relay for Life has participants walk laps around a track or path at a local high school, park or fairground, such as the Clinton County Fairgrounds, and may last as long as 24 hours.
This event includes an opening ceremony, survivors lap, caregivers lap, Luminaria ceremony, fight back ceremony and ends with a closing ceremony.
Mike Zigler, chairperson for the St. Johns Relay for Life event, said that this event has had a very successful past and has been done in the community for many years.
Sarah Evitts, from the American Cancer Society, said that St. Johns has held this event for 18 years and always maintains a good turnout.
“The community always gets involved and they do a lot to honor survivors,” Evitts said. “It is a big event.”
Evitts said there is a dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 17, as a part of the event to honor cancer survivors.
Evitts said that due to successful fundraising in past years, this year’s goal is to raise $146,000.
According to the American Cancer Society event website page for the St. Johns event, 23 teams have already been created for this event, and participants have raised about $26,247 to date, although that total may not reflect all donations.
To participate in this event or donate, visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY13GL?pg=entry&fr_id=50388.
Mike Zigler, Chairperson of the event
Sarah Evitt, American Cancer Society