Two Relay for Life events set in Armstrong in June
Two Relay for Life events to raise money for cancer research will take place in Armstrong County in June.
The Ford City Relay for Life starts at 10 a.m. June 7 at the Ford City High School football field. The theme of the 24-hour fundraiser this year will be “Around the World.”
Ford City Relay Chairman Bill Davis said there will be a dunk booth, games for children, a golf ball drop and a butterfly release.
“There's something happening all day long and all night,” Davis said.
Davis, in his first year as chairman, said the reason he got into Relay For Life is because he lost his mother-in-law and a best friend to cancer.
“I got into relay seven years ago, and every year, I get a little deeper into it,” he said.
Michelle Lydon, co-chairperson for the Apollo Relay For Life, has a similar reason for continuing to take part in the event. Her 11-year-old niece died from cancer and was an active participant in the relay when she was being treated.
“She just believed that we were going to find a cure,” Lydon said.
The Relay for Life of Apollo will start at 6 p.m. June 13 at Apollo High School. This year's theme is “Relay For Life: The Greatest Cause on Earth.”
“They're trying to make it like a circus event,” Lydon said.
Lydon said there will be new event this year: a one voice ceremony, where each person at the relay will receive a different colored glow stick based on how long they've had cancer, if they are a survivor or if they are a caregiver. Once everyone has a glow stick, they will take a silent lap together around the track at the school to show that even though everyone is affected by cancer differently, they are all working toward the same goal at the relay.
Emily Balser is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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