And this year's Scott County Relay for Life will bring the focus to a personal level.
"We all have been affected by cancer in some way and we all have a reason to Relay," said Samantha Jarrett, chair of this year's event. The Relay will be from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday at the YMCA North Field.
Jarrett lost her dad to pancreatic cancer. "So, I relay to raise money to help find cures and help find risk factors, and help people live and celebrate more birthdays," she said.
The time span between her father's diagnosis and death was only 60 days, Jarrett continued. "This type of cancer is rarely caught early enough for treatment. My reason to relay is so that others can have hope when they hear the words 'pancreatic cancer'...it shouldn't be a death sentence."
Relay volunteer Brandy Mason is involved because she believes in the cause. "Relay tells individuals that they as one person can truly make a difference," she said. "Relay also celebrates and remembers the lives of those who have fought so hard against the disease as well as those who have stood by their side while they did it."
This year's event is aimed at raising $108,750, according to Jarrett. A total of 26 teams have signed up, which includes two from the Scott City area.
"This is a Scott County event, and we are thrilled to have Northern Scott County participate," she said. "We hope it sparks more of the county to be involved."
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