By Jake Griffin
Dearborn and Ohio Counties Relay for Life at South Dearborn High School in Aurora.
(Aurora, Ind.) - The journey to end cancer starts with a single step this Saturday morning. This Year, Kelly Pettit celebrates six years as a breast cancer survivor.
Pettit, of Sunman, was diagnosed with the disease in February 2007.
Relay For Life is a 24-hour event that includes teams of people who collect money from sponsors and walk in shifts around a track. Funds raised go to the American Cancer Society's. The Dearborn and Ohio Counties Relay for Life will be held this Saturday, June 22 at South Dearborn High School.
"Before I was diagnosed with cancer I never heard of the Relay For Life," she said.
Relay For Life raises money for cancer research and provides emotional support for cancer survivors, she said.
"I've had so much support from the community," Pettit said of her participation in the relay event. "It just uplifts you."
As of 3:00 p.m.Friday, roughly 573 participants raised nearly $100,000 for the Dearborn Ohio County event, according to the event website.
The event will include hundreds of cancer survivors and their caregivers who will walk a survivor lap around the school's track and enjoy a dinner together, said Kathy Toburen, community representative and event coordinator for the American Cancer Society. Another highlight is the Luminaria ceremony to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost the fight against the disease, Toburen said.
"There's a lot of kids activities worth coming out for," she said. "It's free to come and enjoy the festivities and show support." There's hardly anybody who is not touched by cancer.
The 17th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Dearborn and Ohio County will be held 9:00 a.m. Saturday through 9:00 a.m. Sunday at South Dearborn High School, 5770 Highlander Place, Aurora.