This year the American Cancer Society celebrates its 100 year anniversary and in Ottawa County it was celebrated enthusiastically at the Relay for Life at Oak Harbor High School. Fifteen teams raised over $48,000 for cancer research. Over 400 people attended the event which took place starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 7, and ended at noon on Saturday, June 8.
“We are grateful to the passionate people who founded the American Cancer Society. Any break-through that has been made with cancer research has happened because of the American Cancer Society,” said Pam Winters. Pam and her husband, Mike Winters, are co-chairs of the Ottawa County Relay for Life. Like many others, the Winters family has had personal experience with helping a loved one deal with cancer. Pam’s sister, Cecilia Hoffman-Solomone, lost her battle with cancer this year on May 25. Cecilia battled for 11 years with the disease. Pam and her family are representative of the many people--sisters, brothers, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, grandparents, children, friends and family—impacted by the disease. Luminarias lined the track with names of those affected by cancer, honoring their memories and honoring their struggles.
At this year’s Relay for Life a new program called Road to Recovery was celebrated. Relay teams constructed cars that they carried around the track in a race to the finish line to advertise the new program that is in effect in our county. The Road to Recovery program in Ottawa County provides free transportation for cancer patients to their treatment. Right now there are eight drivers that travel anywhere from Port Clinton’s Magruder Hospital to the Cleveland Clinic. Sharon Knoop is the coordinator of this project. She is also a cancer survivor.
For information on Road to Recovery and other programs available, the American Cancer Society offers a 24 hour support line, 800-227-2345.
More photos from Relay for Life at www.thebeacon.net.
Sharon Knoop with Portage Twp firefighters
Line up for the Road to Recovery race
Jeff Hartlage of Rhonda's Rebels winner of the Road to Recovery race
Claire and Zoe Shattuck