The Culver Relay for Life event kicks off today with the survivor dinner at 5 p.m. ET on the campus of the Culver Military Academy.
The committee has been working hard to bring in more donations to help fight cancer. So far, 39 teams with 349 participants have raised $27,741 toward the cause. More donations will be accepted during the event that runs through Saturday morning at 6 a.m.
Several fundraisers are planned throughout the evening.
Starke County’s annual Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society gets under way today at noon at the Hamlet Fairgrounds. Organizers of the 18-hour event hope to raise $67,000 this year. Ericka Taylor-Joseph is in charge of fundraising. She says Starke County’s event consistently raises more money than those held in larger communities. Teams range in size from just a few members to 30 or more. Taylor-Joseph says while organizers would like each team to have a participant on the track at all times, it’s not a requirement. Continue reading →
Each year the Oregon-Davis School Corporation does their part for cancer research by collecting donations for the American Cancer Society.
Elementary school special education teacher Roberta Salyer is responsible for starting the program and for keeping it running for ten years now. Last year the school raised $1,200 for ACS. This year their goal was $1500. Classrooms had donation jars in them over the last few weeks and people could make donations at yesterday’s mini relay for life.
The American Cancer Society’s 38th Great American Smoke Out was held yesterday, when Starke County residents were encouraged to drop the habit in celebration of the event. Brittany Ward, a respiratory therapist at IU Health Starke Hospital, said even though the event is over, now is still the perfect time to quit.
“According to the American Cancer Society, the Great American Smoke Out is held on the third Thursday in November. During this day, smokers across the nation make a plan to quit or plan in advance to quit smoking today. It challenges people to stop using tobacco and makes people aware of the many tools and resources they can use to quit for good,” Ward said.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is almost at an end. This year’s observance marks a major shift, as more women will be able to access the health care they need. Matt Schafer works for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. He says under the Affordable Care Act, women cannot be denied coverage because of a preexisting condition such as breast cancer.
A North Judson man set off this weekend on a soul-searching journey across the country with the hopes of raising funds for the American Cancer Society in the process. Wes Carter, 22, began a 2079-mile walk Saturday evening around 7 p.m., heading toward San Diego – an on-foot journey that he expects to take roughly two months.
His journey soon turned into more than just a very long walk as he decided to contact ACS, turning the adventure into something more. Carter’s family had been touched by cancer, and he decided that raising awareness and encouraging donations to ACS along their trip was something he needed to do.
The Oregon-Davis students will host a Mini-Relay to raise money in the fight against cancer.
Students will be collecting money from now until the day of the event, May 18th. The students will walk on the school grounds in the abbreviated version of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The Mini-Relay will be an all-day event complete with music, games, class banners, and luminaria bags decorated by the students in memory or in honor of a family member or friend with cancer.
The Great American Smokeout is this Thursday, November 17th.
The American Cancer Society encourages you to quit smoking and this date can be used as the first day of smoking cessation or you can make November 17th a day to start thinking about quitting.
The current smoking rate in Indiana for adults is 21.2 percent which is above the national average of 20.6 percent. The cost to Indiana for smoking-related disease is $2.08 billion with $487 million covered by the state Medicaid program. About 9,700 adults die each year in Indiana from smoking.
The American Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Day is Thursday March 17th. You can purchase your daffodils at the Henry F. Schricker Library in Knox from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and at Pioneer Florist in North Judson from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The donation is $10 for a bundle and $5 for a vase.
The kick-off meeting for this year’s Relay for Life in Starke County was held Wednesday night. Stacey Floran is the Community Representative for the American Cancer Society and explains what the Relay for Life is all about.
“Relay for Life is basically a community coming together for the fight against cancer,” she explained. “This is an opportunity for family and friends to join a team. Come out and participate at the Starke County Fairgrounds on June 10th and 11th. You’ll be walking all through the evening. There will be different laps and different themes. We’re working very hard to find a cure against cancer.”
While Relay is a lot of fun, there are a few somber moments as well, including the Luminaria ceremony.
“It’s going to take place at 9:30 p.m. CT on Friday night, June 10th. This is where people can make bags and decorate them in remembrance or in honor of different people who they have loved and lost, or people who are currently battling this horrible disease. We will turn off all the lights and we’ll do a ceremony and we’ll light each bag.”
If you would like to volunteer for, or participate in this year’s Relay for Life, call Stacey at (574) 257-9789.