Another Relay event successfully raised awareness and funds thanks to the joint efforts of many participants from Fernley, Nevada.
According to Linda Van Pelt, a 64-year-old cancer survivor, and a Fernley Elementary School librarian, this year’s event has gathered many people who brought their contribution in the fight against cancer.
Participants inspired each other with their stories and with mutual support. No one should feel alone in the battle with cancer. That is why this event aims to bring people together because this is the most important thing.
Even before receiving her diagnose, Van Pelt confessed that she participated in the Relay for Life to support and encourage other people. A few years ago, she received a stage 4 melanoma diagnose.
Doctors discovered lymph nodes in her back and successfully removed them. After refusing chemotherapy because the chances of additional help ranged between 1 to 2 percent, Van Pelt carried on with her life.
Nowadays, after five years, her health state is great, and she is less likely to need a cancer treatment ever again. She said that one of her sisters is currently fighting with liver cancer, whereas the other is under a thorough investigation on thyroid cancer.
Also, her mother is a bladder cancer survivor, while her brother survived testicular cancer. Van Pelt promised to continue bringing her contribution to this noble cause. Anyone who has a history of cancer is regarded as a cancer survivor.
In every Relay event, people come to celebrate these survivors, encourage the ones who are still fighting the disease, and to honor the ones who passed away. The Relay for Life is a worldwide event which has spread to around 20 countries so far.
The Saturday Fernley event has gathered participants who enjoyed a wide variety of recreational activities including games, music, food, sports, and contests. The event first started in May 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt from Tacoma raised $27,000 during a 24-hour walk around a track.
Until 2016, this event has raised around $5 billion, an impressive sum which was used to support cancer patients and the research of scientists. A special luminaria ceremony took place at sunset when people released candles in the memory of the people they lost.
The Fernley’s Relay event gathered 455 participants and 36 teams this year, as they raised an impressive amount of $38,800.