The Relay for Life of Wayne Township isn’t until May 17 but planning and recruiting is already underway.
Relay for Life is a movement to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Relay events take place in communities and campuses to honor cancer survivors, promote how individuals can reduce their cancer risk, and raise money to help end cancer.
The Relay for Life of Wayne Township Committee works with American Cancer Society representative Brianna Harvey to plan and execute its event.
“I work with Wayne, Pike, Butler, Speedway, IPS, and Lilly events,” Harvey said. “I really enjoy working with the community events. Relay is the backbone as we wage war against cancer.
“This is not an easy job, but we love hearing the stories on how cancer has impacted people’s lives. Cancer has affected everyone.”
Normally, Relay for Life is a 24-hour event where teams of people walk or run for the duration of the entire event. Team members set goals and raise funds to participate.
Stephanie Higginson and Karen Owen serve on the Relay Advisory Committee for Wayne Township. They are also employees of the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township. Higginson is a math teacher at the Chapel Hill 7th and 8th Grade Center and Owen works in the IT department.
In 2013, they were able to recruit 26 teams and raise $43,676.52.
“I have been Relaying for 14 years,” Higginson said. “I started out in my hometown (Poseyville). Now, I relay two times a year. Once back home and once here in Wayne Township.”
She said the Relay for Life of Wayne Township is primarily made up of teams from within the school district, but there are also teams from the community who participate.
“Poseyville is a very small town and I always love going home for it,” she said. “I look at the one here as a way to help educate youth about cancer. It gives them a better understanding of the disease.”