THE CHAMPIONS — Individuals who currently have cancer or who are in remission were invited to walk around the track at the beginning of the Springville Relay for Life event.
SPRINGVILLE — The annual Relay for Life was held at the Springville-Griffith Institute track and football field on June 8.
American Cancer Society Director of Special Events Crystal Page opened the ceremonies and introduced national anthem singer Lydia Herren. Relay Committee Chair Don Farley also spoke, to the gathered crowd.
YNN Reporter Katie Morse said, about cancer, “With today’s technology, people are beating this disease. But silence won’t finish the fight. Action will.”
LIT UP — Luminaries were placed around the Springville High School track, during the Relay For Life event, which took place on June 8.
SKY-BOUND — A crowd of participants released sky lanterns, at the end of the relay event.
DROVE MY CHEVY TO THE LEVEE — Team American Pie sold slices of homemade goodies, to raise money for the Relay for Life. All of the pies were baked and donated by members.
Morse said that 5,000 communities, throughout 20 countries, are participating in their own relays for life, with 4.5 million individuals’ taking part in the fight against cancer, worldwide. “Cancer affects rich, poor and all nationalities,” she said.
Survivors Judy LeBlanc and Colleen King spoke about their experiences with the disease. “Two years ago, I never thought I would be here,” LeBlanc said. “When I was unable to arrange travel for treatments, I made one call and the ACS arranged for travel to treatments. All of the drivers were volunteers.” She pointed to her husband and the friends who supported her, for being “the real heroes. Everyone here [at the relay] is a hero.”
OH SAY CAN YOU SEE? — Lydia Herren sang the national anthem.
King said, “14 million people celebrated another birthday today, thanks to the ACS.” She said that, while she was suffering from a rare form of cancer, the ACS took care of her flights, so she could get to her treatments.
SEND-OFF — Harry and Greyson Louth lit up a sky lantern, in honor of a friend affected by cancer.
In Erie County, 1,480 people will be diagnosed, this year, according to the ACS.
The Erie County Fire Department junior explorers and the U.S. Navy Sea Cadets led the survivors’ lap around the track, before all attendees were invited to continue walking, to raise money for the ACS.