“Everybody who’s involved in Relay does it I think to help somebody else or remember somebody else,” said Tapp. “It benefits all of us when we step up to the plate for those we may not even know.”
And so far, the Pulaski County community has stepped up. Eighty teams, and a total of 669 participants, have raised more than $91,000 to go toward cancer research. The goal for the 2014 Relay is $160,000.
This year’s theme is “Superheroes,” so Whitis said she’s expecting to see many people in costume for the 12-hour celebration and remembrance ceremony.
Whitis, who on Saturday finished the Whitley County Relay for Life, pointed out that the signature ACS events have helped raise more than $448 million for cancer research. She said around $6.9 million of that has gone toward the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville for research into finding a cure for the disease.
“That’s why we’ve got to keep going,” said Whitis.
Whitis said sky lanterns will also be released in honor of those who battle cancer.
“It (cancer) is going to touch us all in our lives one way or another,” said Tapp. “Whether it be you, your children, your parent ... it’s such a prevalent disease.”
Whitis said there is still time to join in. Those interested in raising money or volunteering, or those who have questions can call the local ACS office at 678-0203. She emphasized that the event is free and open to all, not just members of fundraising teams.
“We’re hoping for a great turnout,” said Whitis.
The Relay for Life is Friday, June 20 at 6 p.m. at Pulaski County High School.
Heather Tomlinson is a staff writer for the Commonwealth Journal. She can be reached at: email@example.com