The 2017 American Cancer Society’s Annual Relay for Life event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, June 16 at the Southern Ohio Medical Center Friends Center located at 1202 18th Street in Portsmouth. Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s largest fundraiser. In fact, it is the largest cancer fundraiser in the world, with more than 5,000 events going on worldwide.
Scioto County Relay for Life Event Leader Kevin Large, of Wheelersburg, explained that the event is a great opportunity to show support for those who are or have battled cancer.
Large explained that he first got involved with the event six years ago when his mom Gail Large, of Wheelersburg, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Kevin and other members of Gail’s support system formed Gail’s Team, which is still going strong each year, despite the fact that Gail passed away three years ago.
“I’ve still been passionate about Relay for Life since,” Kevin stated about his continued support and involvement.
His involvement with Relay for Life provides Kevin with a way of honoring the memory of his mom while continue to fight the disease that took her life. Through the continued effort of people like Kevin, Relay has continued the fight against cancer for more than 30 years.
The local event will kick off with an opening ceremony featuring Girl Scout Troup 1785 and guest speaker Rick Clark. Each year, Relay for Life features special laps that include a survivor lap, caregiver lap, in memory lap and team lap. Following laps, the survivor dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Entertainment will include performances by Kyle and Brittany Shaeffer and Rubyville Community Church Youth Group. DJ Ernie Ray will also be providing from for the duration of the event, which is scheduled to conclude at midnight.
Teams will have concession items for sale, raffles, food and much more. There will also be a silent auction.
The event would not be possible without the support of local sponsors including SOMC, Bazaar Home Fashion, Clarks Pump and Shop, Custom Catering and Genesis Oxygen and Home Medical Equipment and Interim Home Care.
“Please come and show your support for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life,” Kevin stated as he concluded by stressing that all funds raised through the event go to support local families as well as going to the American Cancer Society to help support the fight for a cure.
For more information about the American Cancer Society or for a directory of Relay for Life events, visit www.acs.org.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.