Polk County walks to battle cancer

“You have mixed feelings”, Langan said, fighting back a wave of tears as she Saturday up in her lawn chair and talked about survivor’s guilt. There have been people out here since 7 a.m. bearing the heat and chance of rain.


Relay For Life events are community events where teams and individuals take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team has at least one team member on the track at all times, and participants raise funds to fight cancer.

Our suggestion would be to accept this ebb in the tide of fundraising with the expectation of once again returning to a strong wave and flow of funds in a year or two or three. “We have a total of 12 teams, nine teams set up tonight”. Miss Relay will take place at Noon, be sure to bring your money for those courageous heroes promoting the Look Good Feel Better Program. But that did not stop the support from the community.

We will have many games and activities taking place at the center of the field throughout the night. “But we had the support of a lot of local businesses and community members throughout the year”.

The annual event raises money for Cancer Research United Kingdom. However, his legacy continues as Relay for Life events are held across the globe.

The event includes an 18-mile family bike ride, 28 mile route, 40 mile route, and 100K route.

“We’ve encouraged the teams to stick with that in their campsites and banner”, Webner said. “Twenty years ago, (my husband) would not have been alive today”.

The group also explained that a similar crew was painting the town of Montpelier purple that night as well.

Last year, the 282 participants raised $74,400.

“My favorite part of Relay for Life was being able to hear the stories of people who lost loved ones, and people who had been a survivor”, says Healy.

She said her office has lost some co-workers to cancer and several others have either dealt with it personally or have family members who are affected.

The event’s co-chairs, Connie Adams and Jimmie Holder reluctantly kissed “GIGI” the pig, as part of the agreement if the event raised over $500.

From 5 p.m.to 8 p.m. June 26 in the Armand Larive auxiliary gym, people can bid on various items in a silent auction, featuring everything from plants to potatoes to baskets that teams have made.

Relay For Life was started in 1985 by a doctor who wanted to do something to fight the disease, said Gert Hawthorne, who has been active on the Relay for Life committee for the past decade. A beloved eighth-grade American history teacher and a girls basketball coach for 27 years at Canfield Middle School, he was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma in February 2012.

Unlike past years, when the relay was an overnight event, this year’s festivities wrapped up at midnight.