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  • Relay for Life returns to Centerpoint

  • The Relay for Life of Independence is coming up. It’s a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. It’s from 6 p.m. Friday, June 21 to 6 a.m. Saturday, June 22 at Centerpoint Medical Center, 19600 E. 39th St.

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  • 1. The Relay for Life of Independence is coming up. It’s a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. It’s from 6 p.m. Friday, June 21 to 6 a.m. Saturday, June 22 at Centerpoint Medical Center, 19600 E. 39th St. It’s in parking lot B, the one closest to 39th Street.There’s still time to put together a team or join a team. Go to relayforlife.org, and search for Independence.
    “Relay for Life is really a celebration for people who have survived cancer or are fighting it. ... It’s a place for them to come together and honor survivors and caregivers,” said Emily Crawford, marketing manager at Centerpoint.
    2. Each team has a campsite at the overnight event.
    “They can have as many people (on a team) as they like,” Crawford said. Each walker signs up sponsors, and the idea is for each team to have at least one walker on the course throughout the event. The opening ceremony is at 6 p.m.
    “There’s no limit to the number of people on a team. Typically, the more the better,” Crawford said.
    The evening is full of activities. There’s a D.J., there are inflatables for the kids. Luminaria bags, which still can be purchased, are lit at 9 p.m.
    3. The American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th birthday. In the Kansas City area, the group says, 6,993 people were educated on cancer detection and early prevention last year. It raised more than $3.2 million for the fight against cancer, and more than $4.5 million in research grants were given in the area, to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, the University of Kansas and other groups. The Cancer Society also assists in such ways as arranging rides to care, lodging, providing patient health managers and providing wigs, turbans, hats and prothesis to women undergoing treatment.
    4. This is the second year in a row for Centerpoint to sponsor the event. Last year’s event raised more than $45,000, among the highest in the region.
    “We actually benefit a lot from the American Cancer Society – our patients do – so we wanted to give something back,” Crawford said.
    5. What can I do? In addition to walking or sponsoring a walker, take preventive measures.
    “it’s about awareness,” Crawford said, adding that what’s important is “not ignoring that little something that might be bothering you.”
    At the event, the American Cancer Society will have on hand its giant, walk-through colon, meant to raise awareness of colorectal cancer.
    “I think awareness is one of the number one things the American Cancer Society focuses on,” Crawford said.
     
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