On May 7, cancer survivors and supporters alike will convene on the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy for this year's Relay for Life.
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a life-changing event which provides communities across not only America but the globe as well a chance to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones and fight back against the disease.
This year, Dave Arbogast, of Troy, in cooperation with The Caroline and Troy Fish and Game, will be heading up a Ride for Life Harley Raffle. Tickets are $20 each. The lucky winner of the Ride for Life Raffle will receive a 2007 Harley Davidson XL883L Sportster Motorcycle with 6,381 miles.
For the event, teams of people camp out at a local high school, par, or in Miami County's case - a fairground - and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is also asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event.
Relay for Life began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Wash., ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since that time, the relay has grown from a single man's passion to fight cancer into the world's largest movement to end the disease.
Every year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 19 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise funds and awareness in an effort to save lives from cancer.