Monday, May 24, 2010

Relay for Life Raises Thousands

I was Italian Friday night. Hey it's Rob. Let me explain.

I hosted the kick off celebration for Campbell County's Relay for Life Friday night.

The extended Pangallo family gave me this shirt to wear. It reads, "Team Italia." I'm sure Frank Marzullo and Meghan Mongillo would approve. Pretty dorky picture, huh.

This year's relay was held under the I-471 Bridge because of all the severe weather. It was really wet.

However as you can see the spirits of those taking part weren't dampened.

Hundreds showed up including dozens cancer survivors who were given sashes to wear.

They also released these balloons with messages to reach those who are no longer with us.

This is Mareka Miller and her daughter. Mareka is the one who asked to to host the event last and this year.

The event raises money for the American Cancer Society, but it also puts a face on the disease.

You hear personal stories of how people and their families were touched by cancer.

We also heard from Kevin Reynolds. Cancer took both his kidneys, so he has at home dialysis 4 days a week. He can't get a transplant under he's been cancer free for 5 years. Happy to say he's been cancer free for 3 years, 1 month and more than 20 days.

Heard from Mareka over the weekend. The relay raised more than $50,000.00 for the ACS.

Like all the people who showed up for the event, count me in for next year.

1 comment:

  1. I did Relay for Life this past Friday, too. Just it was Boone County. Boone's relay was held at Boone County High School. It, too, had to be moved, but we moved completely indoors due to having a DJ and as you probably can figure, DJ Equipment + Rain = BAD news. Still, the relay was a success.