PHOENIXVILLE >> In 1985, one doctor’s determination to circle a high school track for 24 straight hours, totaling 83 grueling miles, raised $27,000. Dr. Gordy Klatt’s vision, now known as the Relay For Life, is the American Cancer Society’s volunteer driven, community event. Relayers work tirelessly to raise awareness and money to aid in cancer research, as well as fund patient services and educational programs. The event was created to remember those who have passed, celebrate the survivors, and to fight back against the future of cancer.
The 2017 Relay For Life of Phoenixville will be held on Saturday, April 22, at the Phoenixville Area High School track, from 10 a.m. until midnight. In the months leading up to the event, and even during the Relay, teams will raise money to help lead the fight for a world without cancer. Entry to the event is free, however, many fundraising opportunities are available. The theme for this year’s Relay For Life of Phoenixville is “Decades of Hope.” During the event, attendees will be able to participate in decade themed activities and fundraisers. Activities for both adults and children include themed laps, a frozen t-shirt race, Quizzo and dancing. Food and drink will also be available for purchase.
Luminaries are available for purchase from now until the day of the event. The luminaries will be part of a special ceremony on the evening of April 22 to recognize cancer survivors, caregivers, and those who have passed from this disease.
On Wednesday, March 29, the Relay For Life of Phoenixville will also hold the annual Survivor Dinner at The Covered Bridge Room at the Kimberton Fire Company. This free dinner, catered by Foresta’s Market, celebrates survivors (including those currently in treatment) and caregivers, offers inspirational and educational presentations, and will include a tribute presentation in honor of Tim Anderson, a participant of the Relay For Life of Phoenixville, who received national recognition for his fundraising efforts and who passed away from cancer this past December. Registration is required and may be done in person with Althea Leacock at the Phoenixville Cancer Center, or by calling (610) 983-1833. There is no day-of-event registration option.
Money raised by Relay For Life of Phoenixville helps the American Cancer Society’s research program, as well as patient services such as Road To Recovery, Look Good…Feel Better, Reach To Recovery, and Hope Lodge. For more information on how to participate, please visit www.RelayForLife.org/PaPhoenixville or call Bridget Kehoe at 404-329-5134.