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‘Relay for Life’ kickoff Thursday

Friends, neighbors and cancer survivors will gather at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Tommy Nevins Pub in downtown Evanston to kick off the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Evanston.

Anyone who wishes to form a team, volunteer to help with planning the event, or wants to hear more about this year’s highlights is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Friends, neighbors and cancer survivors will gather at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Tommy Nevins Pub in downtown Evanston to kick off the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Evanston.

Anyone who wishes to form a team, volunteer to help with planning the event, or wants to hear more about this year’s highlights is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Relay For Life is an overnight event to “Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.” The event celebrates the lives of those who have had cancer, remembers loved ones lost to the disease and rallies individuals to fight back against a disease that takes too much.

Charlene Derequito, Relay For Life committee member and past participant, says others should participate in Relay because “Among other things that connect humans across the world, cancer connects us more than we are aware.”

Derequito describes Relay as “a time to come together to express in some way that we understand the struggle. Every step we take is a step closer to a world without cancer. It’s truly inspiring.”

Teams raise funds, before and during the event, to fight cancer. Lynn Kahla, sister of Gayle Passino who lost her battle to the disease, says Relay For Life gave her a sense of control.

Kahla explains, “When you hear the word cancer you realize it is something you can't control. By participating in Relay, I can control awareness and help to raise the money necessary to not only cure cancer, but to help those who are fighting the battle and the families who support them.”
 

Relay For Life of Evanston will be held at 6 p.m., May 21, at Evanston Township High School’s outdoor track in Evanston, IL.

For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at (847) 328-5147, opt. 3, or visit relayforlife.org.

 

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