Relay For Life Ely Kick-off set for April 24

by Shirley Sayovitz -

Imagine a world free from cancer. Help make it a reality. Planning has begun for Northeast St. Louis County’s 12th Relay For Life for communities of Ely, Babbitt, Winton, Tower and Embarrass.
We will dedicate our 2017 Relay in the memory of Mary A. Johnson, a 50 year volunteer for the American cancer Society.
The Relay raises dollars that help the American Cancer Society fund cancer research, provide information and service for those currently battling cancer and prevention education and support advocacy to make cancer a national priority.
The 2017 Relay For Life will be held at Whiteside Park in Ely on Friday, August 11. The survivor lap and opening ceremony will start at 6 p.m. with closing ceremony at l a.m.
Gather your family, friends, co-workers, form a team and join this years Relay. A team can be 2,5,12 or more members. Join us by raising funds in our fight against cancer, celebrate our survivors and remember our loved ones.
Highlights of the evening include the Survivors Lap (survivors call Mary Ann Lekatz at 365-4927). a survivor is anyone who has lived with cancer from 1 day to 50 or more years.
Another memorable moment is our Luminary Ceremony held about 9 p.m. where all the luminaries are lit. This is a family-friendly community event that includes music, games, silent auction and many laps. You can get involved by becoming a sponsor, joining a team, volunteer before and during the Relay, or honoring a loved one with a luminary or purchasing a lap to honor someone special. We also will add a” Paint the town Purple” event the week of the Relay.
Join us at the Relay For Life Kick-off on Monday, April 24 at the EBCH Community Room at 5:30 p.m. There will be refreshments, information and door prizes. If unable to attend please call, Mike Pechek 218-343-6445, Mary Ann Lekatz, 365, 4927, Shirley Sayovltz, 365-3422, Linda Hane, 365-5757 or on the Relay website,!elymn.
According to the American Cancer Society annual report on cancer incidence, mortality and survival “Cancer Facts and Figures 2017,” the cancer death rate in the U.S. has dropped 25 percent over the past two decades.
We Relay because we have been touched by cancer. Come and help us finish the fight.