May 2, 2014

Citizens of the Week: Relay For Life participants and volunteers

— Cancer has touched nearly everyone in one way or another. Those who aren’t among the 1 million people in the United States who get cancer each year likely know someone who has battled the disease.

Having sympathy for cancer patients is one thing. Actively working to help them is another. While there are many avenues for joining in the fight against cancer, one of the most prominent is the annual Relay For Life to raise money that goes toward cancer research.

The local event began Friday in Whitfield County and was scheduled to go all night and conclude today. Relay For Life is a fundraising event in which teams take turns walking a track overnight to help raise money. It includes after-dark ceremonies to honor those who have survived cancer and remember those who did not win their battle.

For many, it’s a way to publicly honor loved ones who have passed on and support those who went into remission or are still struggling in their battles.

The proceeds from the Relay go to the American Cancer Society, which provides more private funding for cancer research than any organization in the nation.

For their efforts in making this important event happen this year, The Daily Citizen names the Relay For Life participants and volunteers Citizens of the Week.