Relay For Life organizers say more help is needed to achieve goals

Relay For Life organizers say more help is needed to achieve mission
Published: Sep. 23, 2023 at 6:41 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2023 at 11:28 PM CDT
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MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) - The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of the Quad Cities was held on Saturday, September 23, at Christ the King Church Believer’s Together Center, 60th Street, Moline from 5 to 10 p.m. The event is held to unite the community to celebrate survivors and remember those lost to the disease.

Event co-chairs, Vicki Jones and Lisa Craig are both cancer survivors themselves and have attended the event since 2012 and 2014, respectively. They say the level of participants, and number of donations, have not recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic. This is why they have chosen to become leaders at the event.

“My co-chair and I have taken this on,” said Craig, “so that it doesn’t die out in the Quad Cities.”

“We come together,” said Jones, “and we remember those that we’ve lost, we celebrate the survivors and we support those that are in the battle of cancer right now.”

Dollars raised each year by more than 250,000 Relay participants across the country help support the American Cancer Society’s mission in countless ways, including funding and conducting breakthrough research, providing education, and advocating for the needs of cancer patients and their families, and providing essential services throughout their cancer journey.

“It takes people to get involved and be passionate about helping raise money,” said Craig, “for all the things that American Cancer Society does.”

To learn more about Relay For Life, and how you can help, visit their website here.