Get ready to run for life

June 19, 2013 

Have you been seeing purple all around Freeburg? That's because the Relay For Life St. Clair County East committee has painted the town purple for the upcoming Relay For Life event, which will be held on Friday. We invite community members from all over the area to join us for a fun-filled evening.

The Relay For Life event starts at 7 p.m. at the Freeburg High School Athletic Complex and concludes at 7 the next morning.

In the mid-1980s, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma colorectal surgeon, wanted to enhance the income of his local American Cancer Society office. He decided to personally raise money for the fight against cancer by doing something he enjoyed -- running marathons.

Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track that year, ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. The movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising more than $4 billion to fight cancer.

The overnight event symbolizes that cancer "never sleeps." It's a way to celebrate those who have survived cancer, to remember those we've lost to cancer, and to fight back against this horrible disease in order to find a cure.

So please, join us on Friday. If you can't stay all night, that's OK. Come out and enjoy the family-friendly festivities.

For more information, please contact Chair Rhonda Pour at

Maggie Grotefendt

Metro East ACS staff member Maryville

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