Community encouraged to support cancer survivors, fighters, families and a cure at Relay For Life

YORK – The York County community has an opportunity Saturday, June 15, to support cancer survivors, cancer fighters, families of those who lost their lives to cancer and the pursuit for a cure during the Relay For Life event at the York County Fairgrounds.

The event schedule includes: 5 p.m., survivor check-in; 6 p.m., opening ceremonies with the raising of the flag by local Boy Scouts, the National Anthem by Bennett Friesen, the invocation by Chelsy Vaught, the survivor lap and the caregiver lap; 7 p.m., sponsor recognition; 7:30 p.m., frozen T-shirt event; 8 p.m., “Kiss the Critter; dusk, luminary ceremony and slide show; 9:45 p.m., closing ceremony.

Kim Epp, one of the committee members, explained how all the proceeds raised by this event will go to the American Cancer Society, “which does have a direct impact to our community as well. The funds are used in a variety of ways – in the making of wigs, research, the Hope Lodge (where fighters and their families can stay during medical stays), the availability of medications, etc. It really does have a direct impact.”

Organizers should know – most of them are either cancer survivors themselves or a family member of someone who was impacted by cancer. They’ve seen firsthand how the funds can really make a difference. Committee members, along with Kim Epp, are Jim Epp (survivor), Paige Bose, Mandy Bell, Kris Hamilton (survivor), Kenzie Timmermans, Shannon Schoenholz Collier (survivor), Tara Prince and Celeste Homan (survivor).

The event will include a barbecue cook-off competition — to raise funds and to create a great free meal. The competition is being put on by the Midwest Barbecue Association. They will be serving pork butt and ribs, baked beans, chips and beverages. Participants will start cooking at 6 a.m. with the meal to start at 5 p.m.

They are again selling luminaries to honor fighters, survivors and those who have passed. To order a luminary, ($100 for a large one, $10 for a small), call Epp at 402-366-6953. She said these can be picked up at Pieper’s Plumbing or by contacting a committee member.

The committee is encouraging teams from the past to participate, as well as new teams to get involved, saying, “We want to end the fight against cancer. Cancer doesn’t discriminate, it affects all ages.”

This moving, emotional and yet fun event is family friendly, with many activities planned. It’s also a beautiful way to honor those who have been impacted by cancer and help encourage those who are currently in the fight.

The committee members also want to remind the public they will also be holding a hot dog feed to raise funds at the York Farmers Market on June 6 at 5 p.m. Hot dog meals will come with chips, a cookie and drink. The hot dogs are being donated by McLean Beef.

“This effort is so important in the fight against cancer,” Epp said, “and it truly helps locally in so many ways. This is something we can all do and we hope we have a great turn-out with lots of support to end the fight against cancer.”





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