Canton proclaims May 12 to 18 'Relay For Life Days'

Apr 29, 2013
Photo by: Denny Stamey Pictured are Canton Mayor Michael B. Ray (front), and in back row, from left, Randie Smith of The American Cancer Society, and  Kim Ball and Jenny Stamey, co-chairs for Relay For Life of Canton.

Canton Mayor Michael B. Ray signed a proclamation declaring May 12 to 18 as "Relay For Life Days" in the Canton community and encouraged citizens to participate in the Relay For Life event at the Canton Recreational Park May 17.
Never has the Relay for Life mattered more. Every single day, there are 1.7 million new cancer cases this year in the US alone. That means today, 4,548 people will hear the words "You, have cancer."
During the length of a one hour TV program or one hour on Facebook, 189 people are diagnosed with cancer. Today (and every single day), 1,589 people will pass away from cancer — 66 during the span of a one hour lunch break or one hour nap.
This is why what Relay For Life volunteers and supporters do matters so much and everyone should take a stand — and why every minute, hour and day they give to grow these efforts matters.
Because of this support and dedication there are nearly 14 million survivors going about their lives today.
The community is encouraged to come out and show support at the Relay For life event Friday May 17. The survivor dinner will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Canton Armory. All cancer survivors in the community are invited to attend. Those survivors  who did not get an invitation in the mail, are asked to call Dawn Shook at 734-4085 to RSVP.