Peggy Kiefer

Grove Sun

Relay for Life held their first ever Survivor Lunch Saturday afternoon at Cornerstone Church. According to The American Cancer Society, Relay For Life is the largest fundraising event in the nation. Relay For Life is a way to celebrate, remember and fight back.

“We wanted to make sure that survivors and those currently going for treatment an opportunity to know the resources out there. We also wanted to let them know that they are welcome to be on the committee and get more involved in Relay For Life,” said Brandy Love, Committee Chairperson.

This year’s Relay For Life will be June 4 at Ridgerunner Stadium. For more information on teams and relay contact Brandy Love at 918-787-1433.

“We wanted to more to get people excited and let them know there is more they can do than just the relay,” said Love. The luncheon was provided free of charge.

Because Ottawa County currently doesn’t have a Relay For Life, the committee and relay is for both Delaware and Ottawa Counties.

“Being around survivors gives people going through treatment hope and encouragement. We want to give them every opportunity for support,” she said.

“And there’s comfort in numbers,” added Janet Barber, Editor of the Delaware County Journal and member of The Grove Sun family. Barber is currently undergoing chemo treatments herself.

The American Cancer Society notes that “Cancer survivors are the heart of Relay For Life events, and their presence is a powerful declaration that cancer can be beaten.”

Relay for Life will be hosting a Bark For Life tentatively set for May 1, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the sports complex. Survivors are invited to bring pets and luminaries. Local Cub Scouts will have a “doggie wash”.

A special part of every Relay For Life event is the Luminaria Ceremony, with is often referred to as a Ceremony of hope. According to the American Cancer Society, it’s a time to remember those we have lost to cancer, to support those who currently have cancer and to honor those who have fought cancer.

“It will be identical to Relay For Life, but with your pets,” said Melissa Elmore, Bark for Life Chairperson.

Both Relay For Life and Bark For Life are looking for volunteers. For more information contact Brandy Love at 918-787-1433 or Melissa Elmore 918-852-4921.