Relay For Life (RFL) is a signature event of the American Cancer Society. It began in 1985 as a spark of energy from colorectal surgeon Dr. Gordy Klatt who ran a track in Tacoma, Washington for 24 hours to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer. Today, the Relay For Life is a community based global movement that has raised billions of dollars in the fight against this deadly disease.Relay For Life is a team event where participants work diligently throughout the year to raise funds. Their efforts come to fruition in a six-hour celebration of life featuring a survivor and caregiver lap around the track to “finish the fight,” moving forward to enjoy live entertainment and fun activities, followed by the solemn but hopeful Luminaria Ceremony honoring survivors and remembering loved ones lost.
RFL of Marco Island Event Lead Cathy Nelson, ACS Senior Development Manager Sue Olszak and Fund the Cure Lead Loni Atton were on hand at the recent event at the Marriott, along with Community SupportCoordinators Rachel Schenk of Marco Island and Nikkie Sardelli of Naples. They thanked the community and the many ACS volunteers for their efforts that led to the success of the 2017 Relay For Life. The Mission Possible Award was presented to Robert J. Flugger who has been the presenting sponsor of RFL of Marco Island for the past five years.
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Relay For Life of Marco Island on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 3 to 9 PM at Veterans Community Park, 901 Park Avenue, Marco Island. Register your team now!To learn more about the Relay For Life of Marco Island, visit www.relay.acsevents.org, email Sue.Olszak@cancer.org or call your American Cancer Society at 239-642-6217.