A superhuman kick-off for Elkhart Co. Relay for Life

Friday was the kick-off for Elkhart County’s Relay for Life event and the theme made sure that even young kids could be a part of cancer awareness.

“Saving the world, one cure at a time” is this year’s slogan and there were plenty of superheroes on hand to help spread the word.

“We just think that being a superhero -- you are a survivor because you fought and battled for your life,” said cervical cancer survivor and team member Ashley Hall.

Many parents said the harsh realities of cancer can be a difficult topic to bring up with young children, but events like this help start that conversation.

“I want to make sure my 6-year-old never has to worry about dealing with cancer,” said Elkhart County Committee Member Jayme Iannarelli. “We talk about just how it's a good thing to help others we go out and walk to raise money for other people who are sick because one day she might be the one who needs help.”

Elkhart County’s Relay for Life event takes place at Goshen High School on Saturday, May 31 at 10 a.m. It’s a 24-hour event but participants are not required to stay for the whole time.

“When people hear ‘relay’ they think running -- but it’s not running, you come out you walk a few laps. You get a team together and it's just a really fun time to get together and raise awareness,” Iannarelli said.

Committee members say that no commitment is too small. Those interested in participating can visit www.relayforlife.org and type in their zip code to find the Relay for Life event nearest them.

“It’s surprising sometimes just how generous people can be and this is just one of the biggest gifts that anyone can give and it's not even money -- it’s their time and service,” Hall said.

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