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American Cancer Society Seeks Participants for 20th Annual Relay for Life

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Springfield. There’s a kick-off celebration being held tomorrow at 6PM at the Double Tree Hotel in Springfield to provide information on this year’s event. KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports.

Chances are that you, someone in your family or someone you know has been impacted by some form of cancer. That’s why the American Cancer Society is putting out the call for local participants for this year’s Relay for Life fundraising event. Springfield’s first Relay for Life was held in 1991. Allison Kraft, community manager of development for the American Cancer Society says the event has changed a lot over the years, especially in terms of fundraising.

Allison Kraft says, “We started out with $4,000 and in 19 years, we’ve raised over $5.5 million. It’s grown. Several years we were ranked 10th in the country.”

If you’re not familiar with Relay for Life, teams consisting of 8 to 15 people raise money for cancer research and cancer-related services. Team members take turns walking a track throughout the overnight relay. This year’s relay will start at 7PM May 14th and will wrap up at 9 Saturday morning. Kraft says some of the money raised through the relay stays in the local community and some goes to the national American Cancer Society to support research.

Kraft says, “We are a national organization so a lot of our money goes to national research. We’ve funded 42 Nobel Prize winners. We’re very proud of that fact. It also stays here locally. We service patients and their families out of our office in Springfield, giving out wigs, transportation services to and from treatments, patient services, and just general support and care for cancer patients.”

We have a link to more information about the Relay for Life event in Springfield on our website,

Information on Relay for Life in Springfield