Friday night was a beautiful night to honor cancer survivors and remember those we’ve lost at the Delaware County Relay for Life.
This fundraising event is held every other year at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Manchester. And each time, it begins with local residents who have battled the disease proudly announcing their name and the cancer they’ve overcome or are fighting to beat.
The oval-shaped track at the fairgrounds was lined with luminaries – each one bearing the name of someone who has fought cancer. Committee member Cathy Lillienthal says over 900 luminaries were purchased this year.
Twenty-five teams participated in Delaware County’s Relay for Life, each one raising money for the American Cancer Society and showing their support. The Keppler clan were one of the larger groups, with tents set up and a large sign that read “Kepplers Fight for a Cure”. Team member Bill Logan says it’s a cause that’s been close to their hearts for years.
Don Moriarty was busy performing as part of the night’s entertainment – he’s the drummer for the local band “Three Drink Minimum”. But he was there for a personal reason too. Moriarty found out he had cancer in 2012.
Moriarty says it’s all about having a positive attitude.
The Relay for Life committee announced Monday that this year’s fundraising has surpassed $60,000.
(photos by Janelle Tucker and Mike Johnson, KMCH)