Cancer continues to remain the #1 health concern for Americans. The good
news is that nearly half of all cancer deaths are preventable and events
like the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life not only educate people on
what they can do to reduce their cancer risk, but also raise funds that lead
to better treatment and more lives saved.
“One in every 100 Americans participates in this fundraising event that has
become a global phenomenon,” stated Corinne Peffers, Promotions Chair for
Relay for Life of Duneland. “Everything we do at Relay For Life contributes
to reducing cancer mortality and incidences, whether it’s raising dollars
that support free patient programs and services, research or volunteering to
commit to advocacy and education efforts - we’re all a part of the fight and
we need the community’s help.”
This year’s Relay For Life of Duneland will be held at July 13-14, beginning
at noon at Chesterton Middle School, 651 W. Morgan Ave., Chesterton. While
the event is still several months away, planning committees are currently
recruiting more teams to join the event. Teams are often made up of
co-workers, friends and family members. Many businesses, schools,
organizations and religious groups also build teams. Prior to the Relay
event, team members raise dollars by fundraising and securing sponsorships.
During Relay For Life, teams camp out overnight and take turns walking a
track in an effort to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer.
This year marks the eighth year for Relay For Life of Duneland. At the
event, the Luminaria and Survivor Ceremonies offer time to remember those we
have lost and celebrate those who have won the battle, while the Fight Back
Ceremony gives everyone a chance to make a personal commitment to take
action against cancer throughout the year.
If you are interested in starting or joining a team, log on to
If you’re not able to join a team, simply log on to make a donation.
For more information, call Jane Delligatti, Event Chair at 929-5875 or
Glenda Dersham, Vice Chair at 801-4507. Together we can create a world with
less cancer and more birthdays.
Relay for Life of Duneland honored
The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Duneland was honored in
three categories for its successful 2012 season for meeting or exceeding
The first award, Achieving Fundraising Goal, was awarded for exceeding the
goal of fundraising $52,000. Duneland grossed $78,255, which is higher than
any other Relay event in Porter County in 2012.
Duneland Relay was also awarded for meeting the Survivorship Goal for
getting area cancer survivors to attend the event. Kim White, Sponsorship
Chair, has done an excellent job inviting survivors to be celebrated and
comforted at the event.
The last award was for the ACS CAN Club, which is the American Cancer
Society Cancer Action Network. This is the arm of ACS that actively works
with local, state and national government on cancer health related issues,
such as smoking cessation and insurance issues. Duneland was recognized for
its efforts, due in part to Pat Carlisle, Advocacy Chair, who promotes
membership and has been very active in her role.
Only one Relay is recognized in each category for the Great Lakes Region.