Family and friends of Vermillion use hearts, feet to fight cancer

Family and friends of Vermillion use hearts, feet to fight cancer
During the first annual Relay For Life, walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Vermillion.

Teams of Vermillion residents will gather at the Vermillion High School track on April 13 at 6 p.m. for an overnight relay against cancer. Relay for Life is a family-oriented team event where participants can walk relay-style around the track and take part in fun activities off the track. Teams can include coworkers, club members, family and friends who have gathered donations prior to the event.

To register to participate in this event, visit our Web site at lay/sd/usd. This first annual Relay for Life will have a Hollywood theme.

"Relay for Life is a unique opportunity for our community to come together in the fight against cancer," said Amber Johnson. "Many of the participants are cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), which serves as a reminder that our community is not immune to this disease and we can actually help our friends, families and neighbors that have been touched by cancer," Johnson added.

The public is also invited to attend the luminaria ceremony, which will take place after sundown. To honor the community's cancer survivors and to remember those lost to the disease, survivors will circle the track rimmed with glowing luminarias while the names of survivors and those lost to the disease are read aloud. Luminarias are available for a donation of $5. Luminarias will be sold at Hy-Vee every Monday and Wednesday until April 11. They will also be available at Jones' every Tuesday and Thursday until April 12. The Nook 'n' Cranny will be selling luminarias on Saturday, March 31 and Saturday, April 7.

Funds raised from Relay for Life support the American Cancer Society research program, which spends approximately $100 million each year on cancer research. The American Cancer Society dedicates more money to cancer research than any other private, not-for-profit, non-government funder of cancer research in the United States. Since the program began in 1946, the American Cancer Society has invested $2.9 billion into cancer research; 40 scientists who received funding from the American Cancer Society during their careers went on to win the Nobel Prize.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the society has 13 regional divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities.

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