One in three people will be told they have cancer in their lifetime.
That is a statistic Julie McKinley is trying to change, as is the rest of Hancock County as preparations are underway for the 2020 Relay for Life of Hancock County.
The event, slated for June 20, 2020 at Greenfield-Central High School and allows those impacted by cancer to fight, remember and celebrate.
“Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s volunteer led fundraiser dedicated to helping communities attack cancer. Funds raised are used to honor survivors and remember those who have passed, as well as help current cancer patients and their families with resources and support,” said McKinley, the chairperson for the Hancock County event.
Currently, there are 14 teams registered and the event has raised $16,248.64.
“This is double what we had last year at this time,” McKinley said.
McKinley got involved with Relay for Life seven years ago.
“I started the Dena’s Gang team, named after a childhood friend who passed away from brain cancer and raised $1,500 that first year,” McKinley told Giant FM.
For McKinley, Relay for Life is everything.
“Relay for Life means the world to me. I have seen so many family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors suffer through chemo and radiation, most winning their war against cancer. I saw prostate cancer bring my dad to his knees. I don’t want my children or grandchildren to have to go through what I’ve seen so many go through. I can’t snap my fingers and create cures to all cancers, but I can raise funds, educate and encourage others to join me,” McKinley said.
And, she wants you to get involved.
“We are always looking for additional teams, volunteers for our events and people coming out and supporting us. We have Euchere events monthly and Arms Around Amberly coming soon,” McKinley said.
For more information or to get involved, call McKinley at 317-407-3710.