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The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marion County invites the community to rally together as part of Light The Night, a Luminaria Event Thursday, Aug. 12, at the Hannibal Riverfront to help save lives from cancer.
Luminaria will be sold onsite from 7 to 8 p.m., and the ceremony will begin at 8:30 p.m.
Due to the pandemic, Relay For Life events might look different but the passion and commitment to fight cancer is unchanged.
Luminaria may be purchased in memory or in honor of anyone who has been affected by cancer. They will be sold by teams through Aug. 1 and onsite Aug. 12 from 7 to 8 p.m.
“Whether we come together in person or virtually for this event, let’s rally together in the fight against cancer and make a difference,” said D’Arcy Crane, associate director of development with the American Cancer Society.
“We envision a future where we no longer live with the threat of cancer.
“Unfortunately, that future is at risk and there is a mission urgency since COVID-19 forced the postponement of fundraising activities this past year. We want you to help us give hope the advantage for the future to be cancer free.”
For more than 35 years, participants and volunteers across the world have come together to honor and remember loved ones and take action for lifesaving change.
Funds raised help the American Cancer Society conduct breakthrough research, provide 24/7 support for cancer patients and access to lifesaving screenings.
“Fundraising through Relay For Life is more important than ever and we can’t allow progress to be put on hold because of the pandemic. Cancer won’t stop, and neither can we,” said Susan Berti, a local volunteer.
There are many ways to get involved including:
• Be part of the Relay For Life of Marion County- Sign-up to join an existing team or start a new team. www.relayforlife.org/marioncomo;
• Sponsor – show your support by sponsoring our local event;
• Donate – If you can’t participate in this year’s Relay For Life Luminaria Event, you can still help save lives by making a donation. Every dollar fuels the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. www.relayforlife.org/marioncomo;
• Volunteer – we need many hands to setup and tear down Aug. 12.
The event is supported by many local businesses and organizations including Hannibal’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Mark Twain Riverboat.
Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Tacoma, Wash., in 1985, Relay For Life continues to be more than just an event – it’s a movement, a community of like-minded survivors, caregivers, volunteers and participants who believe that the future can be free from cancer.