Written by on June 20, 2013 in News

Mount Pleasant, Iowa – 06/19/13 – On Saturday June 22, walkers will team up at Iowa Wesleyan College in the battle against cancer when the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Henry County gets underway. When teams gather at Noon, participants will be marking a major milestone in the Society’s fight against cancer – 100 years of saving lives.

“On May 22, the American Cancer Society celebrated 100 years of saving lives from cancer and creating a world with more birthdays. It’s the progress we’ve made together – as a community, as volunteers, as survivors and as leaders – that has helped us reach this incredible milestone with tremendous success,” says Erica Martin. “By lending your support to Henry County’s Relay event this year, you’ll be supporting Society’s efforts to finish the fight and bring an end to cancer as we know it.”

During Relay For Life events, participants gather at a local school, park, or fairground, and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event.

The Relay For Life of Henry County begins at noon and will go throughout the day until midnight. Activities will take place throughout the day and will include a silent auction and dessert auction.

One of the most touching moments during a Relay For Life event is the Luminaria Ceremony which takes place after sundown, honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bears the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria are available for a suggested donation of $5.00 by calling 319-201-6090 or you may purchase them the day of the event.

Also a part of Relay For Life is the Fight Back Ceremony, in which a community leader will inspire Relay participants with his or her own commitment and will challenge them to take a personal pledge of action such as stopping smoking, eating more healthily, or exercising regularly.

To learn more about Relay For Life, please call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three 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 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks to our progress, nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we mark our 100th birthday in 2013, 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, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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