The American Cancer Society will be holding its annual Relay For Life of Austintown beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, June 1. Everyone in Austintown and surrounding areas who have been touched by cancer are invited to attend the event. This team event builds friendship among team members by having fun and raising money for the fight against cancer.
The society celebrates cancer survivors by inviting all local cancer survivors to start the Relay event at the Survivors Lap honors those who have won their fight against cancer and those who are currently undergoing treatment. Following the Survivor Lap there is a Survivor Dinner.
The Society remembers all of those touched by cancer with the Luminaria Ceremony at 9:45 p.m. The track is lined with luminaria marked with the names of those who survived and those who lost their battle with cancer.
The Society also wants to recognize the caregivers that have been there for their loved ones who have been diagnosed with cancer. This year, Relay For Life of Austintown will have a Caregiver Garden that will display the names on flowers of those who gave so much for the ones they love. On Saturday, June 2 at noon, there will also be a Caregiver Lunch.
The event is also filled with music, live entertainment, games and other activities. This year, the Relay For Life of Austintown will have Ovations as their main event. They will begin playing after the opening laps and continue to play until midnight. Entertainment and activities for Saturday include Zumba-thon with Debbie Caggiano, Praise Glory Band from Austintown Community Church, Vince Dance Studio, and the band, DeoVindice.
"We hope to raise $108,000 from this year's event," said Austintown Relay committee member Nicole Novotny. "To reach our goal, we need support. Please join us at Austintown Fitch High School on June 1 beginning at 6 p.m. until June 2 ending at 6 p.m. It's about being a community that takes up the fight."