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Relay For Life is Saturday at O’Fallon Township High School

Local Shiloh telephone poles along Lebanon Avenue are decorated once again this year to commemorate the American Cancer Society Relay For Life event being hosted at O’Fallon Township High School from 4 p.m. to midnight Sat. June 18.
Local Shiloh telephone poles along Lebanon Avenue are decorated once again this year to commemorate the American Cancer Society Relay For Life event being hosted at O’Fallon Township High School from 4 p.m. to midnight Sat. June 18. rkirsch@bnd.com

The annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life event will be hosted at O’Fallon Township High School from 4 p.m. to midnight.

The program will begin with an‘Opening Ceremony’ to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer.

Immediately, a ‘Survivor’s Lap’ will follow the opening, where cancer survivors take the first lap around the track to celebrate their victory over cancer.

Following the survivor’s lap is a ‘Caregiver’s Lap’ for anyone who ever cared for someone with cancer can walk a special lay so they can be honored as well. Caregivers can walk this lap with the person they helped if they are also present.

At 9 p.m. by candlelight, the ‘Luminaria Ceremony’ will take place for all to remember loved ones lost to cancer, support people who currently have cancer and honor people who fought cancer in the past as a way to walk through grief and find hope with others facing or who’ve faced similar challenges.

At midnight, the ‘Closing Ceremony’ will occur to celebrate what all was accomplished together at the event, and to remember the lives of those lost, and to commit to continuing the fight against this disease over the next year.

For more information contact Amanda Kernan at amanda.kernan@cancer.org or 618-288-2320, extension 3.

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