WOOD RIVER | On Saturday, June 18, 2016, area residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Riverbend to help save more lives from cancer. on Saturday, June 18. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at East Alton-Wood River Community High School.
This is a family-friendly community event to fight cancer. The event will honor all area cancer survivors at the opening ceremony. Afterwards, there will be a full day of entertainment, activities, food and drink for sale, and plenty of fun for kids and adults alike. The luminaria ceremony will take place at 9 p.m. and will honor those still fighting their battle with cancer as well as remember those who have lost their battle.
The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Relay For Life events are community gatherings where teams and individuals camp out at a school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.
The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with four million participants in 6,000 events worldwide in 2015. Last year, 430 people participated in the Relay For Life of Riverbend and raised almost $71,000.
Dollars raised help the American Cancer Society save lives by funding groundbreaking cancer research, supporting education and risk reduction efforts, and providing free information and critical services for people with cancer who need them. Right here in the Riverbend, Bliss Salon and Spa in Godfrey will cut and style wigs provided by ACS right in their salon. The Look Good Feel Better program to help women cope with the appearance-related side effects of cancer is also right here in the Riverbend, at both Alton Memorial Hospital and OSF St. Anthony’s Health Center.
In addition to the support of the community, Relay For Life of Riverbend is also supported by many businesses and organizations. The event’s 2016 sponsors include 1st MidAmerica Credit Union, Alton Memorial Hospital, Ameren, Argosy Casino Alton, CNB Bank & Trust, N.A., Computer Specialists, Donohoo, McCalley & Associates, First Clover Leaf Bank, Godfrey Country Financial, Holland Law Firm, Kohl’s, Marathon Pipe Line LLC, Morning Glory Homecare, Inc., Olin Corporation, OSF St. Anthony’s Health Center, Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery, Robert “Bob” Sanders Waste Systems, Inc., Scott Credit Union, The Bank of Edwardsville, and West Star Aviation.
Take action this year and help make cancer a priority by participating or donating to the Relay For Life of Riverbend. Visit www.relayforlife.org/riverbendil to learn more about the event, or contact event co-lead David Watts at (618) 980-4242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress; 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, visit cancer.org.