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Relay for Life to begin on June 8 at 2 p.m.

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Huntington County Relay for Life will begin Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m. at Kriegbaum Field, North Jefferson Street, Huntington. The Survivors Ceremony and Lap will begin at 5 p.m.

The Survivors Ceremony begins by announcing the winner of the Eunice Coates Spirit Award. This award recognizes someone who has survived cancer and has gone above and beyond in their community. The official Survivor Lap and Caregiver Lap also take place at this time on the track at Kriegbaum Field.

Every year, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life committee honors an individual with the Eunice Coates Spirit Award.  The award has been given since 1996 in memory of a founding member of the Relay for Life committee and to honor those who exemplify what being a cancer survivor is all about.  Previous winners include David Newsome, Eunice Coates, Carol Pearson, Carol Smart, Amy Riecke, Anne Malone, Bonnie Dennis, Charlie Campbell, Norma Fisher, Pat Lund, Cindy Burns, BreAnne Miller, Bev Doyle, Sister Betty Anderson, Sally Grimes, Rita McCabe, and most recently Sister Grace Marie Samblanet.

Sister Grace Marie Samblanet is a cancer survivor who was diagnosed in 2007 with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She went through a successful treatment regime and with her outreach, supports others who battle the challenges of the disease. Her vocation as an Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sister, led her to initiate a cancer support group at Victory Noll where 11 other sisters had been diagnosed and were battling the disease. She has been in residence at Victory Noll for the past 16 years and contributes much to the Center and the community.

The award ceremony will be followed by a dinner at 5:15 p.m. Those attending the dinner will transport themselves to the activity and should contact Sally Grimes at (260) 358-6614 or by email at saggrimes@yahoo.com, Paula Rowe, (260) 356-2361 or Sara Baker at (260) 672-3957. A group photo will be taken at this time.

The Luminaria Ceremony will begin at 9:45 p.m. at Kriegbaum Field. This activity lets the community come together and remember those who have lost their lives to cancer, support those currently battling the disease and honor those who have fought and won. The power of this ceremony lies in providing an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope.

If you know a cancer survivor who exemplifies what being a cancer survivor is all about, please fill out a Eunice Coates Spirit Award nomination form or send a brief description of the survivor’s story and your perspective of the impact this person has made.  The nominee should be a cancer survivor who has touched the lives of others by showing courage, faith and spirit in the fight against cancer.

For a nomination form or information, contact Sally Grimes at (260) 358-6614 or by email at saggrimes@yahoo.com. Documents can be returned to Sally Grimes, 3857W 700N, Huntington, IN 46750 or by email. All entries must be received by June 4.