Hancock County Relay: Fighting Every Cancer Every Day

The Hancock County Relay For Life will be held Friday, June 21, 9 at the Garner Veterans Memorial Recreation Center.

At 6 p.m. a survivor reception will be held in the Community Room of the Rec Center.  A community picnic will be held outside the on Rec Center grounds. All cancer survivors, their caregivers, Relay teams and the general public are invited to attend.

There will be entertainment (K-9 demonstration), D.J., games, silent auction, luminaria display and much more.

“This is a great family event to celebrate survivors of cancer, those we have lost and to fundraise for research to diagnose early, treat and save future lives. Come join in the fun!” says Linda Webner, Hancock County Relay for Life event lead.

The theme for the Relay is “Fighting Every Cancer Every Day.” Christine Atwell of Garner is the 2019 Honorary Relay Ambassador. Atwell was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 1999. She next underwent 6 months of chemo and radiation and was considered cancer free. Twelve and a half years later in February of 2012, the cancer returned. She is currently undergoing treatment for metastatic breast cancer.

Atwell will tell her story of “fighting cancer every day” with support from the American Cancer Society.

There is still time to recruit a Relay For Life team and fundraise. Contact Lois DeLeon at 641-843-3639 for guidance in this process.

You may also donate to the Hancock County Relay For Life by purchasing a luminaria for a loved one, donating monies to your favorite team or individual team member, or on-line giving at www.relayforlife.org/hancockcountyia. For more information contact Linda Webner at 641-923-2973.

The complete story and schedule for the 2019 Hancock County Relay for Life  is in the June 19 Leader.