Cancer survivor spearheads Relay for Life in Whiting

2013-05-10T00:00:00Z 2013-05-14T18:28:05Z Cancer survivor spearheads Relay for Life in WhitingBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
May 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

WHITING | Cancer Never Sleeps, and neither will those who participate in the overnight American Cancer Society Relay for Life on June 1 and 2 at Whiting Park.

Jean Lovasko, Whiting High School librarian, is chairing this year's Relay For Life of Hammond, Whiting, and East Chicago. The fundraiser begins at noon June 1 and ends at 8 a.m. June 2.

"Our theme this year is 'There is no place like HOPE,'" Lovasko said. "I am trying so hard to get as many people in our communities involved as possible. Since I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer two years (and am doing fine today) my passion is to try get the word out about the American Cancer Society and what services it has for cancer patients."

No one ever wants to hear the words "you have cancer," Lovasko added. "And that is why I am trying so hard to make this event the biggest and best ever.  I am asking for people to forms teams, become involved, and help to end cancer."

Cancer survivors make the first lap of every Relay for Life. Since this is the 100th anniversary for the ACS, Lovasko said, "I would love to have 100 cancer survivors walking in celebration. I am looking for survivors to join us for this lap and then be treated to a survivor dinner."

Anyone interested in participating as a cancer survivor, relay individual or team can contact Lovasko at jlovasko@ns.whiting.k12.in.us.

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