Relay For Life Rallies Kansas Amid Record-Breaking Cancer Cases in 2024

By Trish Svoboda

In 2024, the United States is projected to exceed 2 million new cancer cases for the first time, with over 16,640 of these cases expected to be diagnosed in Kansas. Cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the country, following heart disease. In an effort to eliminate cancer for all, the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event in Shawnee County is scheduled for May 17, from 6 pm to 11 pm at Hummer Sports Park.

The Relay For Life event in Shawnee County, sponsored by BNSF Railway, will feature food trucks, a children’s area, a performance by the Topeka High Drumline, and a special appearance by True North, among other attractions. Survivors and caregivers will get a complimentary dinner and shirts. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register at Relay For Life of Shawnee County Survivor Registration.

Relay For Life was founded in 1985 by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Tacoma, Washington. Since then, $6.9 billion has been raised to support efforts to save lives from cancer. Relay For Life continues to bring together communities and honor those who have been affected by cancer, remember lost loved ones, and advocate for measures that can help save lives.

“Relay For Life is more than just a walk. It is a volunteer-led movement that unites communities to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and raise funds to improve the lives of people with cancer and their families,” said Jennifer Zavidil, event co-chair. “Thanks to that shared passion, we are working to help the American Cancer Society advance its mission through advocacy, research and patient support in an effort to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat and survive cancer.”

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