3 Things to Know: Relay for Life

HANCOCK COUNTY — This weekend and next month, Hancock County residents will spend 24 hours walking in an effort to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.

A nationwide fundraiser of the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life events couple a walk-a-thon with family-friendly games and activities, as well as a luminaria salute to cancer victims.

The events also feature a survivor lap, which gives those who beat cancer a chance to celebrate.

Already, Greenfield’s Relay for Life committee has adorned downtown will purple ribbons and decorations.

Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming events:

1. Mt. Vernon’s Relay for Life starts Saturday. 

Teams will spend Saturday and Sunday walking on Mt. Vernon Middle School’s track. More than 20 teams already have raised nearly $20,000, and almost 200 people are registered to participate.

The event is slated to start at 10 a.m. Saturday at 1862 W. State Road 234, Fortville.

2. Greenfield’s event is June 12.

The Greenfield event will take place at Greenfield-Central High School, 810 N. Broadway St.

So far, 28 teams have raised about $30,000. Nearly 200 participants are signed up to participate.

A number of fundraising events are scheduled for the next month. One is scheduled for tomorrow at Dairy Queen in Greenfield, 801 W. Main St. Relay for Life will receive 15 percent of purchases made from 4 to 10 p.m.

3. There’s still time to participate.

Teams and individuals can still sign up to participate in both events. Sign up for Mt. Vernon’s by Friday. Greenfield’s enrollment is also ongoing.

To sign up for an event or for more information, visit relay.acsevents.org.

Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or squinn@greenfieldreporter.com.