Walk for the cause


GREENFIELD — It’s not too early to begin thinking about the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, which is little more than four months away. There will be two relays in Hancock County this year, and the American Cancer Society is promoting the event with a sign-up drive now through Tuesday.

1. What is Relay For Life?

In May 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran the Baker Stadium track at the University of Puget Sound for 24 hours, covering 83.6 miles and raising $27,000 for cancer research. During his trek, Klatt was inspired to expand the event, and Relay for Life, an overnight fundraising event aimed at raising awareness and money for cancer research, was born.

2. How can I participate?

In Greenfield, teams will run and walk from 6 p.m. June 12 until noon June 13 at Greenfield-Central High School.  Mt. Vernon High School hosts its relay beginning at 10 a.m. May 16 until 10 a.m. May 17. Visit relayforlife.org for more information. Click on “get involved.”

3. What’s this about a drive?

The American Cancer Society is holding a national campaign to reward the community efforts that have the largest percentage increase in participants through Tuesday. The special prize hasn’t yet been announced.

Sources: American Cancer Association; relayforlife.org