Join together and pass the baton for a good cause, as the American Cancer Society presents the 2012 Relay For Life of Hancock County. It’s a tradition dating back to the 1980’s, when Tacoma, Washington surgeon Gordy Klatt ran for 24 hours around a track at his local university to raise awareness and funds for his local ACS office. Since then, yearly Relays have sprung up nationwide. Relay teams solicit donations, then spend 24 hours camped out at a track, taking turns walking throughout the event. Sounds exhausting, sure — but a festive communal spirit always prevails, with plenty of food and entertainment for the whole family. Even if you aren’t on a team, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer and participate. Cancer survivors can take part in the Survivor Lap that kicks off each relay — an inspiring moment that celebrates past victories over cancer, while reminding of all the battles yet to be fought.
Friday, June 22-Saturday June 23. 6pm. Hancock County Fairgrounds, 1017 E. Sandusky St. To find out more, see www.relayforlife.org or call the American Cancer Society at 888-227-6446