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June 12, 2013

‘Cancer doesn’t sleep; neither should we’

Zionsville — You don’t have to be an oncologist to have a part in finding a cure for cancer; just come to Lions Park between Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, and support the 10th annual Zionsville Relay for Life fund raiser.

The Zionsville Relay for Life, one of several Relay for Life events throughout the country, starts at noon on the 14th and continues until 10 a.m. on the 15th. During this time, people will be walking laps around the park to show their support for finding a cure for cancer. Vendors will be stationed around the track to raise additional funds for the cause.  

Jessica Hancock, a community representative for the American Cancer Society, which receives the funds raised from Relay for Life, helps plan a few relay events in the area. She explained how instrumental ACS has been in fighting cancer.

“We’re closer now than we’ve ever been to finding a cure, two out of three people are surviving cancer, and the American Cancer Society has been behind research anywhere from helping develop the colonoscopy to the mammogram to research studies which developed the link between smoking tobacco and cancer,” Hancock said. “These early detection devices are saving lives.”

The relay will be split into three components:

• Celebrate: At 7 p.m. Friday, cancer survivors will take a ceremonial lap around the park, followed by a dinner.

• Remember: More than 2,000 luminaria bags with names of those who have lost their battle with, or are still fighting, cancer will be placed around the track at 10 p.m. Friday.

• Fight Back: On Saturday (time to be announced), a speaker will be introduced, and people will take time to think over what they are going to do to fight cancer in the time leading up to the next Relay for Life. The closing ceremony will conclude the event at 10 a.m. on the 15th.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.

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