PIQUA — As in the past, Relay for Life of Miami County’s annual kickoff rally will offer opportunities to socialize, enjoy delectable snacks and listen to upbeat music, but this year they’re also doing something a little different.
“We wanted to do something that gave our participants and community a different way to give back to the various organizations that support our Relay For Life event. This year, we are supporting Cancer Companions at St. Patrick Church,” said Nicole Bolin, the 2016 Relay for Life of Miami County team ambassador.
Attendees of the Give Back Rally, to be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Miami Valley Centre Mall Banquet Room, are encouraged to donate such items to Cancer Companions as hats, blankets and lap blankets, wigs, personal care items, breast prostheses and bras, colostomy/ileostomy/ostomy bags and nutritional drinks like Ensure or Boost.
The goal of Cancer Companions is to equip, train and support individuals to provide safe, supportive environments for cancer families to draw closer to Christ. Cancer Companions reach out to anyone in treatment or post-treatment, as well as their loved ones.
If you can’t make it to the rally, donations will still be gladly accepted by dropping them off at St. Patrick Church, 409 E. Main St. in Troy, Bolin said.
The rally also will feature the presentation of the Heart of Relay Award that the organizers received for their efforts in promoting the mission of the American Cancer Society during Relay 2015.
Relay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society will take place Friday and Saturday, May 6-7 at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy.
Last year, the event raised roughly $199,000, Bolin said, and this year’s goal is $200,000. Thirty-seven teams have already registered for the Relay; about 30 of those are returning from last year.
“Our goal is to have 58 teams this year,” Bolin said.
Those who wish to participate in Relay 2016 can find more information and sign up at www.relayforlife.org/miamicounty.
Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341.