Relay for Life, Survivor Evening Coming Next Week


Published on July 11 2012 4:09 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Area cancer survivors are invited to attend an evening filled with food, hope, friendship and fun. The annual event, which is part of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Effingham County, is being held at the Effingham VFW Post Home on Veterans Drive on July 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“It’s a really nice evening and it’s free for area survivors and their guest,” said event co-chair Jan Pike. “This year’s event is a little different since it’s being held prior to Relay For Life, not on site at the event.  If you know someone who is a cancer survivor, please let them know about this change and the opportunity to join us at the VFW on Monday night.”

Whether a cancer diagnosis was received a day or ten years ago, all area cancer survivors are encouraged to join together for this free, pre-Relay For Life event.  Come alone or with a caregiver, but be sure to contact the American Cancer Society at 217-356-9076. Reservations are requested to help plan for food and other goodies that will be provided.

“There is nothing easy about cancer,” emphasized Cheryl Boone, who is also a co-chair for this year’s event. “It’s not easy for the patient or family members. Events like the Survivor Dinner bring everyone together for a fun evening out and a break from cooking.”

In addition to the Survivor Dinner, anyone touched by cancer or who wants to fight back still has time to join the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Effingham County. The overnight, family-focused event takes place on July 20 and 21 at Teutopolis Jr. High School, 904 W. Water Street, in Teutopolis. Survivors are also encouraged to participate in the Survivor Lap, a highlight of the Opening Ceremony, which kicks off an evening filled with hope, celebration and fighting back. Teams and individuals raise money, before and during the event, to help support programs for cancer patients and their families, education outreach, advocacy, and life-saving cancer research.

To make a donation, reservation or for more information about the Relay For Life of Effingham County Survivor Dinner on July 16, contact the American Cancer Society at 217-356-9076 or Teams and survivors may sign up online or make donations anytime.