Walk for a cause

LEWISTOWN – “Celebrate, remember, fight back!” is the rallying cry to bring together those with a passion to stamp out cancer.

These passionate folks will gather on June 13 at Kish Park for the annual Relay For Life.

Relay For Life is a year-round fundraising effort that culminates in a 24-hour walk-a-thon to benefit the American Cancer Society’s effort to aid those affected by cancer.

The local event, Relay For Life of Mifflin Juniata, will begin with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. at the park. This year’s theme is Toon Out Cancer.

Teams raise funds all year and will walk the track for 24 hours to symbolize the fact that cancer never sleeps.

There are currently 150 cancer survivors registered and organizers expect 180 to 200 survivors to be present, according to American Cancer Society Staff Partner Maddy Pryor.

“That’s just incredible to see that many cancer survivors come together to support each other in this cause,” Pryor said.

On the day of the event Beale Township Fire Company will transport one survivor, Tina Hackett, from Juniata County to Mifflin County where two young ladies who are currently undergoing treatment will join in.

In Mifflin County, Michaela Nagle and Aunnah Nagle will be transported via firetruck by members of the Burnham Fire Company.

The three, whose lives have all been changed by cancer, will bear the torch for the opening ceremonies.

“I want to stress that this is open not only to cancer survivors but to the entire community, and we would like to see as many people as possible become involved. There really is something for everyone,” Pryor added.

Activities throughout the weekend include music performed by the Lewistown Community Band, games for kids, a three-legged race, the annual Miss-ter Relay pageant, an auction held by Chesney’s Auctioneering, special activities for survivors and more. There will be a TAZ Fitness Zumba Crew glow party at 10 p.m.

This year’s event will feature the first Relay’s Got Talent event. The competition will begin at 7:30 p.m. on June 13, and organizers are currently looking for entrants.

Those walking overnight, for each lap they walk, will receive a chance to win a 32-inch flat screen television donated by Walmart.

GE Inspection Technologies is the presenting sponsor of the event.

Registration for Relay For Life is free. To register, go to relayforlife.org/pamifflinjuniata. New teams, participants and sponsors are still being sought, so come out and join in helping Toon Out Cancer.

For more information, e-mail American Cancer Society Staff Partner Maddy Pryor at maddy.pryor@cancer.org, or by phone at (814) 234-1023.