A color guard leads cancer survivors during the Survivors Lap at the Hobart Relay for Life in 2012. This year's event will be June 14 and 15. A kickoff party is planned at 7 p.m. Monday at Hobart (Ind.) High School. | Photo Provided~Sun-Times Media
IF YOU GO
What: Rally for 2013 American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Hobart
When: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7
Where: Hobart High School, 2211 E. 10th St., Board Room, Door 1
More information: email Kylee Rosenbaum at firstname.lastname@example.org, contact Jon Mock at 406-4924 or email@example.com, or Wendy Mang at 241-2348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: The 2013 Relay for Life in Hobart will run from 6 p.m. Friday, June 14, to 9 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Mundell Field in Hobart. For more information or to sign up for this or other Northwest Indiana Relay for Life events, visit the website www.relayforlife.org.
It’s never too early to start planning a large event that will welcome hundreds of visitors.
Such is the case for organizers of the 2013 American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Hobart. A kickoff rally for this summer’s event, with the theme “Sporting for A Cure,” is planned at 7 p.m. Monday at Hobart High School.
“There are 17 individuals serving on the planning committee, though we are always looking for anyone who wishes to volunteer,” said event chairman Jonathan Mock. “The kickoff party is the perfect time to learn more about the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life, find out how to get involved or sign up a team.”
Kylee Rosenbaum, 24, is serving on this year’s planning committee as the survivor-caregiver chair. At age 6, she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and has undergone chemotherapy treatment.
Rosenbaum has participated in Relay for Life for 10 years.
“My aunt passed away with colon cancer last year, and my grandpa had prostate cancer,” the Hobart resident said. “We have all been affected by cancer in some way or another.”
Commenting on the support of her community when she was diagnosed and during the ensuing treatment and recovery period, Rosenbaum said it meant a lot to her to give back to the community that gave so much to her and her family when they needed it.
“Cancer does not discriminate; that is why it is so important to take action now,” Rosenbaum said. “We want to educate and help people understand how cancer affects everyone. If we come together and fight for a cause, we can surely make a difference.”
Mock and Rosenbaum said the most enjoyable part of their work on the committee is bringing the community together for 15 hours on one night and early morning to rally for a cancer cure and bring hope to many.
Plans are in the works to have live bands perform, as well as a full schedule of entertainment and activities throughout the night during the Hobart Relay for Life.
Mock said the goal this year is to raise $40,000 and have 40 teams participate, with at least 40 survivors present.
Relay for Life is the ACS’s signature event, dedicated to increasing awareness and raising funds to fight cancer. Teams of family, friends and co-workers camp out overnight, taking turns walking the track.