Cancer Survivors Needed for Relay for Life

In 2015 more than 3 million people participated in Relay for Life throughout the world. On June 18 an event will take place in Waukegan at Bevier Park. – Relay for Life Greater Waukegan photo

Staff report

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life Greater Waukegan/Far North Shore event planning committee is seeking cancer survivors to participate in the event set for Saturday, June 18 at Bevier Park.

“A cancer survivor is defined as anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis, whether they just received the news today, have been battling cancer for a while or are in remission,” said LaVera Davis, Survivor Committee Chair and a cancer survivor herself.

Survivors may register by going to or contacting Beth Thompson of American Cancer Society at 847.317.0209.

Over the last several years, this Relay for Life event has hosted and celebrated more than 100 local survivors each year. The event begins with a Survivor lap where cancer survivors and their caregivers take a victory lap around the track.

“The involvement of local cancer survivors is proof of the progress that has been made in improving cancer survival rates and the quality of life following cancer treatment,” said Davis. “It also reminds us why we continue this battle and that we’re in this together.”

A Luminaria Ceremony also takes place to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost the fight against this disease. The luminaria lighting will begin at approximately 10 p.m. and “is a visual reminder that this disease has affected so many people,” said Davis.  Luminaria bags for the ceremony may be purchased online or at the event.

The Survivor/Caregiver reception kicks off at 3:30 p.m. with refreshments and a cake donated by Illusion Bakery in Waukegan.  Relay For Life is a community event bringing together teams of families, friends, churches, neighborhoods, and businesses with the same goal – conquering cancer.  A full agenda of entertainment is planned, including music, team fundraising activities, theme laps, and contests.

Relay for Life is a handicapped-accessible event.  The local Relay For Life event is in its 17th year and has raised nearly $1.6 million for cancer research, education, prevention, and patient services.  The event involves people from Winthrop Harbor, Zion, Beach Park, Park City, North Chicago, and Waukegan.

Last year more than three million people participated in Relay for Life at more than 5,000 sites throughout the United States and 24 various countries. For more information about the American Cancer Society and for cancer resources call 1-800-227-2345 or visit


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