Relay for Life plans revealed

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Attorneys John Bean, left, and Curt Ford of Nash, Nash, Bean &?Ford LLP in Geneseo hang a purple bow at their business in support of Relay For Life North & West Henry County’s Purple Passion?Days. Bows will be available for a donation to area individuals and businesses. For more information, contact Marcia Boyer at (309) 944-3710 or Kathy ?Williams at 944-2188.

Relay for Life of North & West Henry County organizers invite area cancer survivors and their caregivers to attend a free Survivor Dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 23 at the Geneseo Evangelical Free Church.

Trish Gerlach, chairman of the survivor committee, encourages all area survivors and their caregivers to be a part of this celebration, regardless of whether the survivor was diagnosed recently or many years ago.

Reservations for the dinner may be made by contacting Gerlach at (815) 718-0013 by July 18.

In addition to the Survivor Dinner, a new event — the Christmas in July Expo — will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 19 at the First Lutheran Church on Main Street in Geneseo. 

Organized by Lorrie Risley, Christmas in July will feature items from companies such as Lia Sophia jewelry, Tastefully Simple foods, Usborne Books, Avon, Longaberger baskets, and many others. 

A lap quilt has been donated by Quilts-N-Blooms in Geneseo and raffle tickets are available for purchase. The lap quilt raffle will be in addition to the traditional raffle each year at Relay For Life of North & West Henry County.

Purple Passion Days also will help raise funds for Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society.

Purple is a signature color for Relay For Life and is used by the organization as a sign of hope.

Individuals, families, businesses and non-profits are invited to display purple bows as a show of support to local cancer survivors and in honor of those who have lost their battle with cancer.

Bows — available for a $2 donation each — will be available at Christmas in July or by contacting Marcia Boyer at 944-3710 or Kathy Williams at 944-2188.

Bows will be placed on the light poles downtown in Geneseo in honor of the annual Relay For Life event which will be at the Geneseo Community Center’s outdoor track on East North Street.

Relay For Life starts at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 and continues until 6 a.m. Aug. 9. Participants walk through the night to commemorate the struggle a cancer patient goes through, with the dark night of diagnosis and treatment bringing light and a new day the following morning.  Luminaria are lit at dusk and remain lit for most if not all of the evening.  A ceremony to read the names of those honored will be held at approximately 9 p.m.

Relay For Life teams may register at www.relayforlife, or by contacting Boyer at 944-3710.

Teams and individual walks also may register the evening of the event.