Relay For Life Honors Survivors, Remembers Fallen
(Shaun Friedrichsen, Publisher)
On Friday large group of cancer survivors and supporters gathered at the starting line of a course set up at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, kicking off the 11th annual Relay for Life as they took a victory lap, honoring their battle against cancer.
Krystal Schroeder, co-chair of Relay for Life in Jefferson County explained that although the amount of money raised this year was down from previous years, she was pleased with the result: a little over $34,000 at the time of the event.
“We’re down a little bit this year,” said Schroeder. “We set the goal high, and we lost a couple teams, and that’s okay. Now we gotta bounce back and find a couple teams or just find more people to help. Otherwise, I’m very happy with the total; I’m not disappointed in it at all. We’re in there where we were a couple of years ago, so I’m not worried about it at all.”
The funds raised by Relay for Life are donated to the American Cancer Society. Those funds are used to provide services to those battling cancer and for researching a cure.
The team that was able to raise the most money this year was the Caped Cancer Crusaders, led by Team Captain Diane Schutt. They were able to raise roughly $11,550.
More importantly, Schroeder noted, these people all came to show support for those who are currently battling cancer, those who won the battle and to honor those who are no longer able to fight the battle.
“We are here to honor the survivors and to remember the ones who lost the battle with cancer,” Schroeder said.
She explained that even though the heat may be difficult to handle, it is important to put it in perspective.
“It’s hot out,” said Schroeder, “but you know what? Honestly I’m not conquering anything that those cancer survivors haven’t seen. I mean, they’ve seen more. What I’m doing tonight in this 100 degree heat is nothing compared to what they’ve had to battle.”
Skylar Pannell, Community Manager from the American Cancer Society, stated that she has always been impressed with the amount of community support from Jefferson County.
“I just think when you have a community as dedicated as Fairbury, the amount of money that they do raise, even though they are down, is outstanding for how small a community they are,” said Pannell. “There are other events that are double the size that bring in about that same amount of money.”
Pannell noted that Relay for Life can still raise money for this event season up to Aug. 31.