Relay's on in Capac
Community hosts first American
Cancer Society event this weekend
June 25, 2008
CAPAC — When the time came for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life to expand to a third location in St. Clair County, it didn't take long for organizers to set their sights on Capac.
The statistics showed that one-third of relayers in the Port Huron area events were from the western part of the county.
"That's when they realized Capac would be a good location for the new event," chairperson Leslie Goudreau said.
This weekend the first annual Relay for Life will be held at the Capac High School track starting 11 a.m. on Saturday.
More than 200 participants from 24 teams will 'Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back' as part of the 24 hour event.
"It's been phenomenal," Goudreau said of the enthusiasm of participants.
"The whole community has really come together...it's exciting."
The day will feature a silent auction, activities for children, performances by local dance groups and bands and special ceremonies and fun, themed laps.
A survivor ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. to celebratelocals' victories against the disease, a 'Fight Back' ceremony at 3 p.m. where relayers can pledge to take action against cancer and a luminaria ceremony at 9:45 p.m. to remember those lost to the disease.
Survivors and the general public are invited to participate in any or all of the events.
Goudreau, a four-time relayer and American Cancer Society volunteer since 2001, said the Relay is always eye-opening.
"You get the idea that cancer affects everyone—family, friends, co-workers," she said.
"It's also great to see everyone come together for one common cause."
Goudreau got involved while a student and honor society member of Phi Theta Kappa at St. Clair County Community College.
The college group helped with cancer society programs including Tell-A-Friend, which encourages breast cancer screenings and early detection through mammograms. Goudreau was a Relay for Life volunteer and eventually a participant too. She said she walks as a member of the CSB Bank team and volunteers in honor of family and friends fighting cancer and those who count themselves as survivors, including her boyfriend.
The walk is being supported by numerous community sponsors, including; WGRT, McDonald's, CSB Bank, Dr. Seema Doshi, Blue Water Oncology, Greg McConnell State Farm, Ray & Ron Tosch Auction Service, Quantum Technologies, Willowbrook Rehabilitation Services, and Wahl Tents. Donations can be made to this local Relay For Life event and participants can start or join a team by visiting events.cancer.org/rflcapacmi.