The 2020 Relay For Life of Carroll County, originally set for Friday, June 26, has been postponed.
Based on current public health guidance, the American Cancer Society has suspended all official American Cancer Society Relay For Life events through the end of June due to COVID-19. Moving forward, the society will continue to assess and make decisions for Relay For Life activities beyond the end of June.
The Relay For Life is an important event that celebrates cancer survivors, teams, sponsors and participants who support the mission for the American Cancer Society. In an unwavering commitment to providing the safest possible environment for all guests, the event must be postponed until no one is at risk of illness related to the pandemic.
There is still an incredible need to fund the ACS mission to end the pain and suffering of cancer. More than 80 percent of calls coming into the national call center are COVID-19 related to cancer treatment, care and questions of vulnerability to the coronavirus. Researchers still need to be funded, patients still need to seek information and guidance and Hope Lodges are still need to be in operating condition. Presently, the 40-plus Hope Lodges across the country are closed to cancer patients, but more of them are being used by the medical community to house personnel for nearby hospitals. Fundraising is still vital, as cancer has not stopped.
“Despite the devastating impact of COVID19, the needs of cancer patients never stop, nor does the relentless pursuit of our mission,” said Kim Durst, ACS senior community development manager. Relay For Life must continue as well, regardless of how different it may look from any other year. What remains the same are the people behind it, including all of our incredible volunteers, who we can’t thank enough for their continued dedication to fight cancer. We appreciate the community’s understanding and patience in this stressful time and their continued support and dedication to the American Cancer Society.”