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This year’s Marshall-Putnam Relay For Life event will look a little different

Relay For Life of Marshall and Putnam Counties is looking a little different this year, but the goal and the need remains the same.

Due to COVID-19, the local Relay, originally planned for April 24, has been postponed, but Relayers are still working hard to raise money to help put an end to cancer. Despite the pandemic, M-P Relay For Life has raised more than $30,000 toward their goal of $80,000.

The group still wants to honor those who have won the fight against cancer, those who lost their fight, and those who are currently fighting.

To do that, M-P Relay For Life is planning a virtual silent auction to be held in July. Stay tuned for more information on this event and how you will be able to participate.

Virtual luminarias will also be available for purchase by visiting the M-P Relay For Life web page.

The fight against cancer is facing challenges during the pandemic. According the American Cancer Society, during this time cancer can speed up with communities shut down, already vulnerable cancer patients can feel even more alone and with health care facilities and workers stretched to their limits, cancer will take more lives. Even if we cannot come together in person, we must come together as a Relay community to help save the fight against cancer.

Every year donations help the American Cancer Society offer cancer screenings, 24/7 navigation and support, along with conducting research for treatment and cures. Cancer hasn’t stopped during this pandemic, but neither will ACS and Relayers around the country.

The American Cancer Society has stepped up to help during the COVID-19 pandemic by keeping the National Cancer Information Center staffed 24/7 so families can talk with and get answers from a live person no matter where they are or what time it is. They are also updating Cancer.org and other social media channels with the latest information for cancer patients direct from ACS public health experts. Hope Lodge facilities have been made available for health care workers on the front lines of this crisis at no cost. These are just a few of the ways ACS has stepped up during this time.

The American Cancer Society’s mission is critical to families facing cancer and their mission to save lives is at risk. You can help by making a personal donation to the event to help keep the mission alive or by purchasing a luminaria to honor a loved one.

Donations can be made to this local Relay For Life event by visiting RelayForLife.org. Community members can also start or join a team by following the links to their local Relay event.

For the latest information about M-P Relay be sure to like our Facebook page.

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