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Marshall-Putnam Relay for Life hosting virtual action until July 12

Even though this year’s Relay For Life event was put on hold, Marshall-Putnam Relayers are still working hard to raise money to finish the fight against cancer.

One of the ways they are doing this is by holding an online virtual silent auction this week. Teams have donated several great items to bid on from July 6 to July 12. Bidders who see something they absolutely must have — there is a “buy now” option.

Visit www.32auctions.com/mprelayforlife to check out all of the great items donated by M-P Relay Teams.

Relayers will also be honoring those touched by cancer with virtual luminarias. These are available for purchase by visiting the M-P Relay For Life web page.

Relay For Life of Marshall And Putnam Counties might look a little different this year, but the goal and the need remains the same — Honor those who have won the fight against cancer, those who lost their fight and those who are currently fighting.

Despite the pandemic, M-P Relay For Life has raised over $32,000 towards their goal of $80,000.

The fight against cancer is facing challenges during the pandemic. According the American Cancer Society, during this time cancer can speed up with communities shutdown, 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 people cannot come together in person, they 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 many ways ACS has stepped up during this time.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event to save lives from cancer. For 35 years, participants and volunteers across the world have come together to honor and remember loved ones and take action for lifesaving change. Funds raised through Relay For Life have funded breakthrough research, 24/7 support for cancer patients and access to lifesaving screenings.

The American Cancer Society’s mission is critical to families facing cancer and their mission to save lives is at-risk. People 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 the 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 the Facebook page.

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