Relay for Life canceled, but fundraising efforts continue
The annual Trempealeau County Relay for Life was scheduled for June 19, but the COVID-19 pandemic led to the American Cancer Society requesting that all Relay for Life events be cancelled in 2020.
Local officials had the option of postponing the event, but being that the event is held at Whitehall High School, they declined to add to challenges the school district may already be facing, according to a release. The release also added that cancer survivors and those going through treatment for cancer have compromised immune systems, so organizers decided having the event could expose them to unnecessary risk.
Event organizers are still attempting to raise funds, however, accepting online donations at http://www.relayforlife.org/trempealeauwi.
One of the biggest fundraiser is the Luminaria Ceremony, but because they cannot have an actual ceremony, instead they will have something on the Facebook page: Relay for Life of Trempealeau County.
The Luminaria Ceremony is about remembrance and hope, the release said. It is a way to honor survivors and those who have lost their battle to cancer. It is a time to grieve for those that are no longer with us, or to reflect on our own, or our loved ones cancer journey, and to find hope that tomorrow holds the promise of a cancer-free world. The deadline for luminaria fundraiser will be July 31.
Donations should be sent to Mary Johnson, 18473 Hillside Dr., Whitehall, WI 54773, with all checks made payable to the American Cancer Society.
Those wishing to make donations can also visit the website and use credit cards to donate. If they want a specific team or person, they can click on their link.
“Cancer doesn’t stop and neither do we, we hope to be back in 2021 fighting back as a community, stronger than ever,” the release said.