Friday, June 29, 2012
By EARTHA TERRELL
People of all ages gathered at Boardman Center Middle School May 12 for the walk of their lives during the Relay for Life event, which raised money and awareness for the American Cancer Society.
Boardman Superintendent Frank Lazzeri said the event is important for the community.
“It’s a wonderful event because it raises awareness of the need to support the research, the folks that have survived cancer and who are fighting cancer,” he explained.
The event, which lasted 24 hours, included teams who walked the track to support cancer research. Carolyn Moorhead, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer in November 2011, said her mother’s battle with breast cancer inspired her to take part in the event.
“The walk started taking on meaning for me when my mother died of breast cancer at 52,” Moorhead said. Her team was named “Team Carolyn” and included family and friends who all came to support her.
Funds raised from Relay for Life are distributed throughout Ohio to assist cancer research, according to Danielle Peropoio, American Cancer Society Event Chairman.
“The money goes right back to the Cancer Society and we actually fund researches in the state of Ohio,” Peropio said.
The event has garnered an enormous amount of support from the community and has raised thousands of dollars.
“Each year, the community brings in over $200,000 at the event,” Peropio said.