Amazing Feet

More than 370 area residents raise $67,202 to fight cancer at Relay for Life of Milan

A few members of the Ducks Team gather around for a photo shoot

August 24 and 25 weekend, 372 residents (representing 30 teams) from around the area rallied together in their fight against cancer by participating in the 18th annual Relay for Life of Milan, the American Cancer Society’s signature event. The event was a tremendous success, raising $67,202 to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives from cancer by helping people stay well, get well, find cures and fight back.   The American Cancer Society Relay for Life, a team-based fund- raising event, is a fun and empowering, family friendly way to make a difference in the fight against cancer.  From Saturday, August 24 morning to Sunday, August 25 morning, participants spent 24 hours at Wilson Park, walking laps on the track, socializing, picnicking, playing games, dancing and participating in planned activities. Chair, Tammie Morrell and Co-Chair, Sue Collins welcomed everyone. Local motorcycle clubs, The Broken Chains, from Milan Free Methodist Church and the Road Angels arrived to the cheers of the waiting crowd and the American Cancer flags were set in place near the stage.

Haylie Richie, the twelve year old daughter of Carrie and Martin Ritchie, sang the National Anthem before the survivors started their first lap and had breakfast with their caregivers at the Senior Center.  Nan Walker, a 10 year survivor living in Milan and a recent Susan B. Komen 3-Day participant was the guest speaker.

One in every 100 Americans participates in this inspiring event that has become a global phenomenon,” stated Tammie Morrell, Event Chairperson. “Everything we do at Relay for Life con- tributes to reducing cancer mortality and incidences, whether it’s raising dollars that support free patient pro- grams 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.”  The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Milan was made possible by Inergy Automotive Systems, Dance Xplosion, Dundee Castings Company, Anne’s Online Mall, Georgia Pacific, Milan Dental Associates, Randy Wise Chevrolet Buick, Spirit Ford, Full Auto, Milan Free Methodist Church, Pratt Industries, Precision Devices, Inc., Proctor Farm, Real Estate One and Suzy’s Daycare. The most anticipated and special part of the evening was the luminaria bags dedicated to honor, in memory or support to those who have battled cancer.  Seeing the bags glowing in the dark all around the track and hearing the list of names read through the night air as some walked and others were silent at their campsites is an unforgettable experience. Sunday morning as the sun came shining through the dampness, songs of praise music could be heard and the Milan Rotary Club served everyone a pancake breakfast.  Awards and announcements were made followed by a closing ceremony and the last lap around the track.  Relay for Life participants have a passion and a determination to find a cure for cancer and this year they surpassed their goals in Milan. “This year the American Cancer Society celebrates 100 years of fighting to save lives from cancer,” said Kristen Pilon, Community Representative for the American Cancer Society.

“It’s the progress we’ve made together – as a community, as volunteers, as survivors and as leaders – that has helped us reach this incredible milestone with tremendous success. We’ve never been more ready to complete our mission and put ourselves out of business. By lending your support to the Relay For Life of Milan, you’ll be helping the Society finish the fight and bring an end to cancer as we know it.” It’s not too late to support the Relay for Life of Milan.

Donations can be made by finding this local event on RelayForLife.org or calling 1-800-227-2345.

Source: By Milan Eagle Media

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