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Join the fight against cancer

04/25/2017 11:02AM ● By Steven Hoffman

We all have a loved one who has battled against cancer.

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life events bring communities together in the global effort to fight back against the dreaded disease, and this is the time of the year when many of these Relay for Life events are taking place. Relay for Life events are held in more than 5,200 communities in 27 different countries around the world.

Locally, the The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Central Chester County will take place for 24 hours starting on Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, May 21 at Downingtown West High School track in Downingtown. The Relay for Life for Kennett and Unionville will take place at Unionville High School starting on Friday, June 2 at 5 p.m. The Relay for Life of Southern Chester County at Oxford will take place at the school track at 301 S. 5th Street in Oxford starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 16.

Contributions raised during Relay for Life events is used to fund groundbreaking cancer research, provide essential patient care services to those battling cancer, and to move forward education and prevention initiatives, and much more.

Relay for Life teams are formed and team members take turns walking around a track or designated path for a length of time—usually between 6 and 24 hours. Each team collects donations with the goal of supporting the effort to find a cure for cancer.

A Relay for Life event is very powerful and moving as participants honor those family members and friends who have battled cancer. It is a celebration of all cancer survivors and a remembrance of those who have passed away from the disease. There is a Survivors Lap at Relay for Life events where survivors take a walk around the track while the crowd cheers them on. Some events also have a Caregivers Lap to honor those who have provided care to someone suffering from cancer. A luminaria ceremony is held to remember loved ones who have battled cancer.

People can help out the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life events by becoming a team captain, participating in a relay event, volunteering at an event, or my making a contribution to support the American Cancer Society's mission. All of these actions are very worthwhile.

To learn more about how to help out in the fight against cancer, visit the American Cancer Society's official website at or call 1-800-227-2345.