Relay for Life

More than 200 folks laced up their sneakers and came out to Naperville North High School’s Relay for Life.

Teams collect donations for the American Cancer Society prior to the event and then during the relay, at least one person from each team was walking laps around the track at all times for 14 hours straight.

One team of Naperville North High School students walked in honor of their friend, Michael Gustafson who lost his battle with cancer this past January. The school is also one of the American Cancer Society’s top 25 sites for Relay for Life in terms of most funds raised.

The event happens in 20 different countries, raising money to help more than 40 million people around the world who battle cancer.

Those survivors walk the ceremonial first lap and halfway through are joined by their caregivers.

For Naperville resident Kathy Gibbons, the relay was a great way to celebrate an important milestone in her own life. She’s now celebrating her fifth straight year free of brain cancer.

This year also marks a major milestone for the American Cancer Society, the group’s 100th anniversary and members say research and treatment are leaps and bounds ahead of where they were a century ago.

Still, nearly one in every two men and one in every three females are expected to get cancer in their lifetime.

The American Cancer Society will have hundreds of other relays throughout the summer, including two more in DuPage County in August.


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