Breakfast is served with an extra helping of hope as folks gathered in Clinton Indiana to kick off the American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser.
“Here in Vermillion and Parke Counties we have been doing this for over 10 years. It is a great way for the community to get involved together and say, you know what we want to celebrate those folks who have survived cancer, and want to remember the people we’ve lost,” said Relay for Life Specialist, Shannon Giles.
According to the American Cancer Society, every minute there are three people who will discover that they have cancer, and one casualty. In 2016 it’s estimated there will be more than 1.6 million new cancer cases.
“Cancer touches everyone. One and two men, and one and three women will get diagnosed with cancers. It is almost impossible to talk to anyone these days who hasn’t been affected by cancer. Whether you are a cancer survivor yourself or you know a family member who has been effected,” said Giles.
Like Niki Yetes a first time volunteer for relay for life. Niki also volunteers for the Clinton City Fire Department. She knows all too well what cancer can do, and why it’s important help the cause.
“In the last year, we actually lost 4 family members in the fire dept. To cancer so it was our way to give back and raise awareness for the cause,” said Niki Yetes.
Niki and other members from Clinton pitched in to whip up some homemade goodness in order to raise money and spread awareness.
“We’ve come together as a group and we’ve had some times laughing and joking in the kitchen and raising awareness for it, and getting everyone we can to come in,” said Yetes.
This year Vermillion and Parke Counties Relay for Life event will be on May 21st at South Vermillion High School. This will be the first time they will be at this location, and if you want to participate or donate click here.