Encouraging all cancer survivors to be part of this experience. He's been affected by cancer through his grandfather, uncle, employer and even his dog, all of whom had the disease. It wasn't until two girls showed up at his front door raising money for Relay for Life, however, that he got involved.
This year's Relay, which runs from 4 p.m.to midnight, has set a goal of $150,000.
The American Cancer Society would like to remind everyone that this year's Relay For Life of Kendall County will be from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Go For It Sports Dome, 9231 Galena Road north of Yorkville.
"It's free to the public and we would like to get everyone involved", said Minot Relay for Life member Heidi Llewellyn. You can have the best family and friends in the world but they don't really get it.
"But Relay for Life is important because of the money it raises to critical cancer research", she said. "I am so happy I was able to do it", said Wozniak, a Relay participant of four years. "It doesn't mean we have to empty our bank account for somebody. We need to work together".
There were also zany events like Mr. Relay, where guys were made to look "fabulous" and competed to see who could collect the most money for the American Cancer Society.
The event is organized by the American Cancer Society. "Then, we went into the morning". This year, Douglas County raised $147,650.80, surpassing the goal of $135,000.
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Resident Rita Wozniak, a 40-year-plus cancer survivor, was another who came to celebrate the meaning of Relay.
"Newtown has such a wonderful and supportive close-knit community of survivors and caregivers", he said. During the Fight Back Ceremony, each participated was reminded of their commitment to helping their community fight cancer which brought them to the relay.
Survivors stand out among other participants by wearing signature purple shirts.
Kathy Lowe, wife of veteran sports announcer Joe Lowe and a cancer survivor, said her own commitment to help other fight keep her coming back to the relay each year. I had someone who invited me.
They day's events include bounce houses for kids, silent auction and the luminary ceremony to honor those who lost the fight and recognize those survivors still with us today.
Relay For Life of Upper Illinois Valley committee members, Linda Kofoid, left, and Nancy Jackson are gearing up for the 2018 Relay event, which will take place at Mendota High School on Saturday, July 14.
"It's very quiet and very memorable and very somber", Zeller said.