LUCASVILLE — The annual Relay For Life teams of American Cancer Society (ACS) is a special event for cancer survivors to come together, a celebration of the lives of individuals whose battled with cancer have ended. The event was held Friday, June 17, at the Scioto County Fairgrounds.
The sight of cancer survivors making their way around a track set up in their honor is a precious moment to behold. Cancer survivors took their first lap around the track. The on the second lap cancer survivors were accompanied by their caregivers, followed by a memorial lap, and then the teen lap.
With the singing of the Star Spangeled Banner by Abby Wright, and invocation by Pastor Brian Baer, the biggest night for the RFL teams began.
Carolyn Stidham, mission chair for ACS, said the annual RFL event is a blessing.
“It is such a blessing to see the community come together to help celebrate the survivors, remember those taken too soon and continue to support our friends and family members that are still fighting this dreaded disease. Together we are making a difference in the fight,” Stidham said.
Etta Reeves, of Portsmouth shared her story of how she survived a bout with lymphoma cancer. Reeves shared how though she was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of cancer there came a time when doctors and oncologists could not detect any sign of the disease in her body. Reevs said she had received a miraculous healing from God.
LaChona Ferguson, Community Manager, Relay For Life, said she is very pleased with the outcome of this year’s event at the fairgrounds. The event has nearly raised $40,000, according to Ferguson.
“We’ve had an incredible turn out. We’ve added some new additions, a car cruise-in, an arm wrestling tournment of which we have had a great turn out,” Ferguson said. “We came in just under $40,000. We have until Aug. 31st before we wrap up the season, so we still may have some more fundraisers to come in.”
Linda Malizio, is captain of the Silent Lions Relay For Life Teams, said she is glad to be a part of the annual event.
“I am so excited to be a part of this, and I am very proud, Mary has been a very big help to me in putting our booth together,” Malizio said. “I also had a lot of family members helping me. It is such a wonderful thing to have family members to come out for this event, but we still want to see more people come out to support this effort.”
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