Cancer Survivors and Caregivers to be Honored at Relay For Life - 5/3/2017

Cancer Survivors and Caregivers to be Honored at Relay For Life-5/3/2017

Local cancer survivors and their caregivers will take the celebratory first lap at the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of the North Country event on Saturday, May 20, at 11 a.m. at the Boonville Fairgrounds in Boonville. Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer may participate and there is no cost to take part. As the survivors walk, other event participants will cheer them on in a demonstration of support and celebration. The five-year survival rate for all cancers has risen to 68 percent, and there are an estimated 14 million Americans alive today who have been diagnosed with the disease. Survivors will each receive a special commemorative t-shirt. Survivors and caregivers are also invited to a free reception following the opening laps for refreshments and a chance to win door prizes. The Relay For Life program is a community event where teams and individuals set up campsites at a school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team has at least one participant on the track at all times. Four million people participated in more than 6,000 events worldwide last year. The money raised supports groundbreaking cancer research, education and prevention programs, and critical services for people facing cancer. If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver and would like to take part in the Relay For Life of the North Country event, visit or pre-register online at Or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.