SIDNEY – The 2021 Shelby County Relay For Life raised a total of $ 73,763.36 by the end of the Friday August 6 event, well ahead of their goal of $ 50,000.
“We have an advantage over cancer because of the generosity of people. We have courage, hope, empathy and determination, and together we can make the biggest impact in saving lives, ”said Mark Kaufman, Associate Pastor of Connection and Missions at Connection Point Church of God and master of ceremonies.
While all health orders and state-imposed restrictions on gatherings were lifted by Governor Mike DeWine on June 2, the American Cancer Society did not allow any in-person events as Relay For Life until the 1st. August. Many of those taking part in the relay, including Rhonda Pence, a member of the event’s management team, were thrilled to be one of the first counties in Ohio to host a relay event. Friday’s relay brought together hundreds of people, from cancer survivors and those currently battling the disease to caregivers and community members showing their support.
“It was the best news ever, and it’s just phenomenal. We are totally shocked that this is so at this time. You would think the community is afraid to come out, but they did come out and they really know how to support this organization, ”Pence said.
Thirteen teams with a total of 73 members participated in the Shelby County Relay For Life this year to raise $ 73,763.36. The teams included Ferguson Construction Company, A Family Affair, Connection Point Church, Sidney First United Methodist Church, Minster High School Student Council, Feathers of the Phoenix, Wilson Health, Chelsea’s Squad, US Bank, Mutual Federal, Mandalroian Mercs Costume Club, Shelby County ELT and Beanz. All money raised will go to the American Cancer Society to be spent on cancer research, education, advocacy and health equity, as well as services that have helped patients with cancer in Shelby County.
“The research, the programs, the services that the Relay has provided to cancer patients in the region – it’s just phenomenal. Round trips for chemotherapy treatments, gas reimbursements, sometimes just a meal, sometimes just a friendly face and someone to talk to – it’s a reminder that you don’t live alone, ”said Pence.
Judy Johnson of Sidney lights illuminaria at Relay For Life 2021 in Court Square on Friday August 6. Johnson lost her husband, Benjamin Johnson, and father, William Higgins, to cancer.
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