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Photo Gallery: Bolingbrook's Annual Relay for Life

Annual fundraiser raises money for cancer.

The Relay for Life motto is: "Celebrate. Remember. Fight back."

This year's relay at the Bolingbrook Town Center was a way to honor survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer and fight back by raising money for a cure.

Amber May 16, 2011 at 02:30 PM
I love Relay for Life. I was glad to see the split (into 2 separate events) did not have too much of an impact on our event! Yes the day can be both sad and happy. You will cry tears of joy and pain. I celebrate those I know who have fought cancer and are still with us and I remember those who fought cancer and we lost and fight back by raising money and walking. The mayor needs to move the date to a warmer weekend (the first weekend in June) or let us do it at the high school. We almost always have cold and rain in the middle of May. The survivor turnout was a little lower and people were leaving early once again due to the weather. I know my aunt (who just recently finished her chemo & radiation) ended up not going because she did not want to risk getting sick in the cold and rain. Yes there is always the chance for rain but, but May's temperatures are too back and forth!
Lettuce May 16, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Kudos to all the participants in the Relay for Life. What an awesome event. It is indeed too bad that the weather was so crummy. My daughter, who walked in the event, was sad to find out they halted the event at 4:00 am when they were so close to finishing. Cancer doesn't stop for bad weather; many of the participants did not either. Good for them! Again, sad that survivors and those currently afflicted couldn't be there due to the weather. I agree with Amber that a date in June would indeed be better. Thanks to all the organizers, participants, families, merchants, and community members for their dedication to this very worthy casue.
Rich Johnson May 16, 2011 at 05:15 PM
Amber, Thanks for your comments. I am the Co-Chair of the event. The date of the event was chosen by the Relay Committee. Normally, we have this event the third weekend in May but this year it became the second weekend due to the Taste of Bolingbrook going on next weekend. Please know that we on the Relay Committee will be discussing date options to possibly move this event into late May or June. You are also correct that the split, a subject I despise, did not have much of an effect on the event. The people of Bolingbrook should be very proud of the way our teams stepped up to make this event a success!! I know I am!! Rich Johnson
Rich Johnson May 16, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Thanks for you comments... We will take feedback both positive and negative... The decision to stop the event was a tough one and not one that was taken lightly. While it is true that cancer never sleeps, those of us that fight their fight with them by raising funds for research and patient services can't be much help if we ourselves are sick. Halting the event at 4:00 AM was appropriate in this case. Rich Johnson Co-Chair
Lettuce May 16, 2011 at 07:37 PM
Rich, you guys did a GREAT job! I look forward to next year!
Rich Johnson May 17, 2011 at 05:37 PM
Thanks, we are always looking for feedback from anyone who attended the event, as well as ways to improve it. Please feel free to send me an email. My email address is on the event website.
Felix George May 17, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Congratulations to the event chair and committee ,as a former member of the Bolingbrook Cancer Society I know of the hard work it entails..the planning etc.

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