www.mybaycity.com April 10, 2011
Community Article 5839


A Luminaria Ceremony was held in memory to honor or remember loved ones

Kick Off Event of the Relay For Life Recently Held at the State Theater

Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back!

April 10, 2011
By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor


The Relay for Life Kick Off was recently held at the Bay City State Theater. Cancer Survivors, caregivers or people interested in learning more about the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Relay For Life were in attendance.

Food was available from downtown businesses, including Intermission Deli, B.A.R.T.S., The Sweet Boutique, Jimmy John's, World Café, Waterfront Market and State Street Lunch. Also, a special tower of birthday cupcakes was available for all of the survivors in attendance.

Bay County Will once again host its own Relay for Life on July 23, 24, 2011 and join forces with more than 5,000 other communities that will also be taking up the fight this year in support of the American Cancer Society's important work.

The event was a kick off for volunteers, teams and many more hands to push awareness of the Relay of Life event and will be spreading the word, forming teams, celebrating survivorship and raising funds.

The event celebrated cancer survivors birthday's of being cancer free. More than 11 million people who have heard the words, "You have cancer" are celebrating another birthday in large part because of Relay for Life.

The American Cancer Society is the nation's leader in the fight against cancer, the number one health concern facing Americans today. With the help of millions of Americans who share the passion for defeating this disease, they continue to make an impact on the lives of individuals throughout this community and many others.

The Amercian Cancer Society is ready and available to help concerning anything you want to know about cancer 24/7 at 1-800-227-2345. Also, you can visit www.cancer.org When you are first diagnosed with cancer, the most important thing you can have is information.



(Above) Food was available from downtown businesses, including Intermission Deli, B.A.R.T.S., The Sweet Boutique, Jimmy John's, World Café, Waterfront Market and State Street Lunch.


(Above) Alyssa Jones - Committee member and Susan Bamgartner - Team Captain, hold an egg drawing to award prizes. "Everybody is a winner", said Bamgartner.


(Above Left) Heidi Varner, ACS CAN (Above Right) Sandra Koglin, CPS3, Tuscola County Relay for Life


(Above) Brian Krause, Community Representative of the American Cancer Society. Krause has also been a volunteer for the ACS for 10 years.


(Above) Last Choice Country's Shawn Doyle and Josh Sharrow served as co-emcees and led the opening of the kick off event.


(Above) Alan Leppek, Brayden Lintern, Robin Leppek, Michelle Leppek. Alan and Michelle are on the committee and also have their own team.


(Above) Susan Bamgartner, Team Captain, explains what Relay For Life is all about. "It is a movement that brings together millions of people across the country every year to celebrate those who have battled cancer, to remember loved ones, and to empower individuals and communities to fight back against a disease that has touched the lives of so many of us."


(Above) Team - United Dukes, Juniors at Garber High School, include, Andrew Poirier, Nicholas Chappetta and Zach Dyer


(Above) Eleven years ago Krause' wife Lisa, was diagnosed with oral cancer and this year they will be celebrating her 11th cancer free-birthday !






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