Running With Purpose

Relay For Life Visits WG


Standing UP to Cancer

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is taking place on June 13th and one of the venues will be at the West Geauga High School stadium. Participants in the event can be part of a team where at least one member of the team walks, jogs, or runs on the track. Participants are “sponsored” as either team members or individuals to raise money.

Relay for Life is one of the American Cancer Society’s main fundraising events. Its goal is to raise money to fund cutting-edge cancer research, early detection and prevention programs, advocacy efforts, and life-affirming patient services. The program has three main purposes:  celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost to the disease, and fight back against this devastating disease.

Relay for Life was created in May 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt spent 24 hours circling a track in Tacoma, Washington, raising $25 for each person who ran with him. This one-day event raised $27,000 and inspired over 300 participants, sparking an event that has continued for 30 years.

Mrs. Sharon Bennett, a West Geauga parent, hopes to carry the torch for the West G. area and contribute to the cause. “This issue affects so many people around the world,” she explained. “To be able to plan an event with my team to battle cancer is something that is a truly worthy cause.”

So have a heart and join the already massive group of people participating in this event. You can sign up to participate or donate at the link below!