In its sixth year, walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Honesdale, June 28 to 29.


In its sixth year, walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Honesdale, June 28 to 29.

Teams of Wayne County residents will gather at the Honesdale High School Track Field on June 28 at 7 am for an overnight relay against cancer. Relay For Life is a family-oriented team event where participants can walk relay-style around the track and take part in fun activities off the track. Teams can include coworkers, club members, family and friends and have gathered donations prior to the event.

This year's Relay For Life includes teams from Wayne and Honesdale National Banks, Western Wayne High School, Girls Scouts Troop 471, and numerous family and friends walking in memory or in celebration of some who faced a battle with the cancer.  Activities will include Arts and Crafts for children and adults, games, music, and of course FIREWORKS - with a few special surprises thrown in for good measure.

Relay For Life is a unique opportunity for our community to come together in the fight against cancer,” said Tonyehn Madigan. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), which serves as a reminder that our community is not immune to this disease and we can actually help our friends, families and neighbors that have been touched by cancer,” Tonyehn Madigan added.

The public is also invited to attend the Ceremony of Hope, or luminaria ceremony, which will take place after sundown. To honor the community's cancer survivors and to remember those lost to the disease, survivors will circle the track rimmed with glowing luminarias while the names of survivors and those lost to the disease are read aloud. Luminarias can be purchased for a donation by calling 570-383-4701 x3318.

Funds raised at Relay For Life will enable the American Cancer Society to support local services and resources for cancer patients and their families. Funds also support critical cancer research and community education programs designed to teach people how to reduce their risk of developing cancer.

Relay For Life events will be held in more than 200 communities throughout Pennsylvania raising over $21 million for the fight against cancer. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. To locate a Relay For Life event and find out how you can get involved, please call 1-800-ACS-2345, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit www.cancer.org.