Blue skies and sunshine were abundant at Saturday's Massac County American Cancer Society (ACS) Colors of Cancer Relay For Life event, with $78,034 raised as of Saturday afternoon for the fight against cancer.
"The Colors of Cancer event started at 9:30 a.m. with the opening ceremony, and cancer survivors and caregivers were recognized thereafter. Our inaugural Color Fun Run kicked off at 10 a.m., and I think it was a huge success," said Olivia Majerchin, ACS community development manager. "We had close to 50 runners and walkers for our first year, which was great. The color throw finale at the end was just icing on the cake.
"Having cancer is hard, but honoring survivors and caregivers during the opening ceremony provided us with such power and hope," added Majerchin.
Vendors were also set up along Market Street, selling various items. Local businesses also donated a portion of the day's proceeds back to the local Colors of Cancer event.
Relay For Life of Massac County helps fund the ACS's efforts to advance cancer prevention, treatment, patient services and cures.
This includes the society's patient navigation services program, designed to fill a critical void in heath care and social services by acting as a full-service navigator to anyone touched by cancer.
The services provided by ACS include lodging for those having to leave home for treatments, transportation solutions to treatments; insurance coverage assistance; resource matching and referrals; and cosmetic help such as free wigs for patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy.
The society also offers cancer information and access to support groups via its Cancer Information Center, accessible anytime at 800-227-2345, and at its website, www.cancer.org.
Donations can still be made to the Massac County ACS Relay For Life by calling the American Cancer Society at 618-288-2320.