(Riverton, Wyo.) – Every year, 3.5 million people from around the world take a step to end cancer.
The American Cancer Society wants you to be part of that fight by participating in this year’s Relay for Life on June 6 and 7 at Riverton High School. A survivor lap will kick off the event at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner of cake and ice cream to follow. Other activities include the luminaire and survivor/caregiver ceremony. Relay for Life is a fundraising event where volunteers take turns walking or running around a track to help raise funds for cancer research and bring more awareness to the disease. Over the years, Relay for Life has raised over $4 billion which goes towards providing lodging and travel for cancer patients undergoing treatment, provide support programs and help fund research initiatives.
This year, the Wind River Hotel and Casino is getting a head start on the action with “Miles for Love.” Wind River employees and their family members can pledge to walk a certain amount of miles every day. Participants who walk the most miles before “Relay for Life,” will win a prize. First place will win a hoodie and gift card. Second place will be awarded a T-shirt and gift card.
For “Miles for Love” organizer and cancer survivor Alvina Aragon, having employees from Wind River take part in the event helps raise awareness for the disease which has hit tribal communities hard. According to the American Indian Cancer Foundation, cancer has become the leading cause of death among American Indians with lung cancer being the most common.
“A lot of our own tribal members have been getting it,” Aragon, Wind River Housekeeping Manager, said. “Over the years, it has gone up severely.”
For more information please visit relayforlife.org/rivertonwy.