Relay for Life Brings the Avon Community Together to Fight Cancer
Participants from all over Avon came out last Friday to take part in the Relay for Life, an organization that is supporting the fight for cancer. People met at 5 p.m. at the Avon Middle School North parking lot and went from there.
Some people camped overnight for the event and even supported the walkers all night with praises and smiles. Beverly Austin, Community Engagement representative for the Cancer Society, had a become involved with the Cancer Society because of a personal situation she found herself in a few years ago.
According to the Flyer Group newspaper article, Austin’s good friend lost her fight with breast cancer, but was motivated to leave a legacy for Linda. She asked participants in the relay to lend their voices to advocacy in three ways; sign a petition sent to support bills at the federal level concerning palliative care, sign a banner in support of cancer research to be displayed in Washington D.C. this fall, and to become an action member for the cancer action network.
One team that participated was the Ben Davis Christian Church (BDCC), the group is new to the Avon Relay and were more willing to join everyone in the walk. The final posting on the Cancer Society’s website read that 33 teams and 263 participants collectively donated $30,988 through last Saturday.
The community worked well together to come up with an astonishing amount of money. Austin spoke for everyone involved by saying in the article, “We want to finish this fight.”
For more information on the Relay for Life, and how to help fight cancer visit www.relayforlife.org.