The American Cancer Society will hold a “Relay for Life” event at Evanston Township High School on Saturday, May 21.

“Relay For Life is one night to gather as a community to remember our loved ones who lost their battle with cancer and support and honor those who battle today,” says participant Lynn Kahla. “It is a night of joy, a night of sadness, a night of belonging. Most important, it is a night to show that we do have the ability to fight this together.”

Relay For Life of  Evanston is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. Community member are encouraged to stop by and enjoy the food, games, music and special activities going on throughout the evening. Entertainment for the event include a local improv group, kickboxing, line dancing, vocalists and a balloon artist. 

Local cancer survivors will unite to walk the first lap, the Survivors Lap, which kicks off the event.  Cheered on as they travel around the track, many will also be joined by the caregivers who helped see them through their cancer journey. 

The Luminaria Ceremony will be held after dark to honor cancer survivors and caregivers, and remember those who have lost their battle against cancer. Luminaria will line the track and glow throughout the night lighting the path and illuminating the names of those being honored.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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