12th Annual Jefferson County Relay for Life
Join Us in the Fight Against Cancer!
Date: Saturday, June 17th, 2017
Time: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Place: Historic Downtown Square
Theme: Paint The Town Purple
Krystal Schroeder 402-587-0387
Linda Schwisow 402-729-7523
Betty Novotny 402-587-1657
Opening ceremonies and survivor walk begin at 5 p.m.
Followed by 2K / 5K walk/run at 6 p.m.
Activities, entertainment, food, basket and silent auction
Luminary ceremony to close the evening.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a fun-filled event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer. Teams of eight to 12 members gather to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation. A highlight of the Relay is the luminaria ceremony to remember those who lost their battle with cancer and to honor cancer survivors.
The Relay reinforces the message that more and more people are surviving cancer. Today, one out of two patients diagnosed with cancer survives. This is tremendous progress, made possible in part by Relay For Life funds.
About Relay for Life
The history for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event began with one person, Dr. Gordy Klatt. A Tacoma, Washington colorectal surgeon, he wanted to enhance the income of his local American Cancer Society office. He decided to personally raise money for the fight by doing something he enjoyed—running marathons. One person can make a difference. Nowhere is that more evident than with the story of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, which began in Tacoma, Washington, as the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer.
In May 1985, Dr. Klatt spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma for more than 83 miles. Throughout the night, friends paid $25 to run or walk 30 minutes with him. He raised $27,000 to fight cancer. That first year, nearly 300 of Dr. Klatt's friends, family, and patients watched as he ran and walked the course.
While he circled the track those 24 hours, he thought about how others could take part. He envisioned a 24-hour team relay event that could raise more money to fight cancer. Months later he pulled together a small committee to plan the first team relay event known as the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer.
In 1986, 19 teams took part in the first team relay event on the track at the colorful, historical Stadium Bowl and raised $33,000.
Today, Dr. Klatt’s enthusiasm and spirit for the event continues, turning into an international campaign with over 21 countries and nations hosting Relay for Life. Collectively, American fundraising from the event tops over $400 million a year. In 2011, the entire fundraising total since the Relay for Life’s inception reached $400 billion in the fight against cancer.
Though the elements of Relay for Life events vary from city to city and place to place, its mission does not change. It wages a very personal battle against cancer.
2014 Relay for Life Nets Over $45K
Whether you show up wearing a purple t-shirt (survivor) or a white one (team member), or come in support of a family member or friend, the goal is the same for everyone at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event-working together to find a cure for America’s number two killer-Cancer.
Jefferson County Relay for Life hosted its ninth event on June 20, 2014 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. An estimated attendance of 1000, included survivors, caregivers, and family and friends of those affected by cancer.
The event, which ran from 6 p.m. until midnight, offered a bit of everything for participants. The evening began with the opening ceremony, the singing of the National Anthem and the presentation of the color guard by local veterans. Next, survivors and caregivers kicked off the opening lap on the track and invited team members and family to join in. Additional recognition was given to survivors with a special check-in area and refreshments.
Besides the walking track, the evening included a variety of games for participants, sponsored by local teams, as well as a magician for children. Another popular attraction was the Silent Auction area and Live Basket Auction. Bidders for items and baskets kept things competitive as auctioneer Justin Schultis of Schultis and Son called the amounts, often encouraging shoppers to go for the winning total in support of a good cause.
The most moving experience of the Relay for Life begins with the Luminaria Ceremony and the lighting of individual luminaries to honor those who continue to fight against cancer and those who have lost that battle. Track walkers circle these lights for the duration of the Relay so we do not forget the lessons we have learned from cancer. Local citizen Karrie Buchli paid special tribute to these group in song as relay members walked the track in remembrance.
By the end of the night, thanks to many months of fundraising by several local teams and many Relay business sponsors, Jefferson County Relay netted over $45,000 for the American Cancer Society, a new record for the event.