Relay for Life brings hope and healing


Photos by Jeanne Vollmer


The annual Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the result of a lot of work by local organizers and many volunteers, is more than a fund-raiser.

The overnight event, held this year at Mona Shores High School’s stadium, is a time that people can process grief, honor loved ones, and celebrate cancer survivors.

Between the 2:00 p.m. Friday kickoff and the 1:30 p.m. Saturday closing, the evening and night bring a continual walk on the track to promote the hope that the time will come when no one will have to deal with the pain and loss of cancer.

It brings out a lot of creativity, such as in the luminaria groups create to light the path at night and a hippie Peace bus where the doll’s sign says “Relay is groovy.”

There are also healing and health activities, such as organized exercise and people speaking of those they’ve lost.

Too Inspired to Be Tired was the winning team at fund-raising, and on the individual side, Jackie VandenBerg brought in a whopping $9,024.