Shekynah Haworth playes the flute at the Guthrie County Survivor Celebration .
Shekynah Haworth playes the flute at the Guthrie County Survivor Celebration .

Guthrie Center, Iowa – Monday, April 29, 2019 The 2019 Relay For Life of Guthrie County Survivor Celebration was held on Wednesday, April 24th at the Guthrie County Hospital, Sneakers Café. There were 36 cancer survivors along with their family and friends who attended the annual event. Everyone was welcomed by the Relay For Life Co-Event Leads, Becky Peterson and Jenna Morris followed by an opening prayer given by Kelly Gafjken, Hospice of the Midwest Chaplin. Pat Peters, CEO of Guthrie County Hospital and Emily Mc-Colloch, Marketing Coordinator, thanked everyone for coming and shared information on the services available locally for cancer patients through the hospital. Kim Durst, American Cancer Society/ Relay For Life Senior Community Manager shared information regarding cancer death rates dropping 27% saving over 2.6M lives since 1991 largely due to the fundraising that happens through the Relay For Life that supports live-saving research, cancer patient services, education on preventing cancer and advocacy to pass laws to protect us from cancer through the American Cancer Society. Information was shared on the Relay planned for June, information on becoming a team and the Survivor Committee did a celebration honoring the cancer survivors and their caregivers. This year will mark 20 years for the Relay For Life of Guthrie County and they announced that the 2019 Honorary Survivor chair will be Lillien Gilson and Honorary Caregivers will be Peggy and John Byrd along with their family who started the Relay event in Guthrie County back in 1999. There was entertainment provided by the AC/GC High School Drama Student, Ellan Clay; AC/GC High School Vocal Students, Klare Sheley, Audrey Stowe & Malena Rumelhart, Women’s Trio and the Panorama Band Department represented by Lauren Soll, Ruby Hummel and Shekynah Haworth shared their incredible talents accompanied by Deb Menning. Cancer survivor, Kris Langgaard, who battled Acute Myeloid Leukemia back in 2002 when he was a teenager shared his story and memories from his mom. The Guthrie County Hospital, Sneakers Café hosted the event and provided the delicious light meal that was served. Loletta Hall provided the cake pops and beautifully decorated cake. Door prizes were donated by Panorama Gardens. This event is an opportunity for cancer survivors to come together prior to the Relay event that takes place in June to get registered, receive their survivor shirts, get information on the Relay and be celebrated! Thank you to everyone who donated to help make this event so special for our cancer survivors in Guthrie County.

Plans continue for the 2019 Relay For Life of Guthrie County, “20 Years of Stompin’ Out Cancer” that will be held on Saturday, June 22nd at the GUTHRIE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS Event Center -4-10pm. Come enjoy the Relay in air conditioning. There will be a silent auction, dinner, cake walk, pie auction and entertainment. The opening ceremonies will begin at 6pm which will include honoring survivors along with recognizing corporate sponsors and teams. There will be walking along with beautiful luminaria!

Come down and camp for the weekend at the Guthrie County Fairgrounds with your family and enjoy the fun activities!

If you have questions please contact the Relay For Life Event Leads-Becky Peterson at 515.339.4223 or Jenna Morris at 641.757.1245.

Visit our website at www.relayforlife.org/guthriecountyia .

Together we can end the pain and suffering of cancer! When someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, make sure they know where to turn for help – to learn more about the American Cancer Society or to get help please call 1-800-227-2345 or visit us at cancer.org.