Cancer continues to remain the No. 1 health concern for Americans. Jeni Schnebelt, Ripley County Relay for Life event chair, notes, “The good news is that nearly half of all cancer deaths are preventable and events like the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life not only educate people on what they can do to reduce their cancer risk, but also raise funds that lead to better treatment and more lives saved.”
“One in every 100 Americans participates in this fundraising event that has become a global phenomenon. Everything we do at Relay for Life contributes to reducing cancer mortality and incidences, whether it’s raising dollars that support free patient programs and services, research or volunteering to commit to advocacy and education efforts – we’re all a part of the fight and we need the community’s help.”
This year’s Ripley County 24-hour event will be held June 21-June 22 from 8 a.m.-8 a.m. at the Batesville High School track. While the event is still half a year away, planning committees are currently recruiting more teams. Teams are often made up of co-workers, friends and family members. Many businesses, schools, organizations and religious groups also build teams. Prior to the relay, team members raise dollars by fundraising and securing sponsorships. During the Relay for Life, teams camp out overnight and take turns walking the track in an effort to increase awareness and funds in the fight against the disease.
Schnebelt explains, “At the event, luminaria and survivor ceremonies offer time to remember those we have lost and celebrate those who have won the battle, while the fight back ceremony gives everyone a chance to make a personal commitment to take action against cancer throughout the year.”
Persons interested in starting or joining a team or making a donation may log on to RelayForLife.org and follow the links to the Relay for Life of Ripley County page.