The 2019 Relay For Life of Platte County is moving on up – to the north end of town.
The community-based fundraising event for the American Cancer Society this year is relocating once again from 2018’s spot of Frankfort Square in the downtown district to the Columbus High School track, 3434 Discoverer Drive. It’s set to take place from 3-11 p.m. Saturday, June 22.
“There will be more parking and it provides seating for all of our survivors with the bleachers,” said Lindsey Rosno, who along with Robbin Cutsor and Suanne Boswell, is part of the local event’s leadership team.
Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and staffed and coordinated by volunteers in thousands of communities and in 27 countries, according to ACS. The event specifically is a team-fundraising effort in which participants take turns walking around a designated path for an extended period of time in honor of all who have been affected by the disease.
The 23rd edition of the Relay For Life of Platte County so far is trending in the right direction as it has 11 teams and has raised a little more than $38,000 of its $65,000 goal as of Thursday afternoon. The mission is to raise funds for research of a cancer cure and to support services provided by the ACS.
The event itself is not just for those already registered. People can still sign up online or show up the day of the event to register a team, donate or to just hang out and support cancer survivors.
“We encourage the community to come out,” Boswell said. “We want the entire community to come out and celebrate survivors with us.”
Rosno and Cutsor agreed, noting the benefit is open to all cancer survivors, as well.
“If you’re a survivor as of June 21 because that’s when you found out you had cancer, come on out because we are there for you and we are supporting you. That’s what we do,” Cutsor assured. “We do this for the survivors and their caregivers because it’s a huge thing to go through.”
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The trio said the community has been tremendously supportive of Relay For Life in the past, adding their appreciation to the local event’s corporate sponsors, as well.
Next Saturday’s festivities will commence with the opening ceremony at 3 p.m., followed by a survivor’s lap around the track at 4 p.m.
“All survivors are invited to join us,” Rosno said.
Then, people will have their chance to enjoy one another’s company, walk the track, participate in the silent auction and eat good food while enjoying VoiceHouse DJ & Sound and a variety of other entertainment acts and activities.
The night will also see the lighting of luminaries that can be purchased for $5 apiece and be dedicated to a loved one lost, someone currently battling or anyone who has overcome cancer.
“Cancer affects everybody no matter who you are. It’s kind of like the six degrees of Kevin Bacon” Boswell said, referencing the parlor game based on the ‘six degrees of separation concept’ that posits any two people on Earth are six or fewer acquaintance links apart. “You know you can probably get four degrees of cancer. You probably know somebody who had a family member or someone you know who has had or is battling cancer. We just eventually want a world where you don’t have to hear those words, ‘you have cancer.’ I want my kids to not be able to hear those words, ‘you have cancer.’”
For questions, call Cutsor at 402-270-3305, Rosno at 402-910-9098 or Boswell at 402-910-8123.
A 24-hour hotline (1-800-227-2345) is available for recently diagnosed, survivors and caregivers seeking numerous resources.
Matt Lindberg is the managing editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.