To the editor:
Relay For Life of Douglas County on June 7 and 8 was a community gathering to give everyone an opportunity to fight cancer and save lives. As co-chairs of this year’s committee, we are extremely grateful for the support and generosity to make the event a success. Over $188,000 was raised by 76 teams to further the American Cancer Society’s mission to help people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.
Over 300 survivors and caregivers participated in the opening lap and survivor recognition. Dressed in purple shirts, survivors are our reason to relay all night, reminding us that cancer never sleeps. We were delighted that hundreds of people attended the event to show their support.
The thousands of luminaria lining the track created the loving glow to honor or remember cancer victims. A total of 3,975 pounds of canned food, used to stabilize the luminaria, was donated to Just Food for distribution throughout Douglas County.
We appreciate the support of Douglas County through kind and generous contributions. The money raised for the American Cancer Society will provide services to local cancer patients and further the research to find the cure for cancer.
To be voted second place for Best Local Charity Event in the Journal-World’s Best of Lawrence balloting was indeed an honor. We look forward to next year’s event and invite you to become involved. Let’s continue to join together to save lives and create a world with less cancer.