Relay For Life event honors cancer survivors, continues fight for a cure

YORK – This weekend, the York County community came together to support cancer survivors and fighters, honor families who have lost loved ones to the disease and continue the fight for a cure, at the annual Relay For Life.

The event was held Saturday at the York County Fairgrounds.

Opening ceremonies were held at 6 p.m., with the raising of the flag by local Boy Scouts and the National Anthem by Bennett Friesen. Chelsey Vaught provided the invocation. The survivor lap and caregiver lap was taken. There was a barbecue dinner and several family-friendly events. The luminary ceremony and slide show were held later.

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.”

Her fellow committee members include Jim Epp (survivor), Paige Bose, Mandy Bell, Kris Hamilton (survivor), Kenzie Timmermans, Shannon Schoenholz Collier (survivor), Tara Prince and Celeste Homan (survivor).

“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 to end the fight against cancer.”

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