The Lizak family has faced cancer in its midst since the 1970s when John Lizak was diagnosed with cancer. He volunteered for an experimental cancer study that “helped doctors understand how to use proton beam and radiation therapy,” says his granddaughter Jennifer. He lived for 10 years after the treatment.
After Jennifer’s grandmother died suddenly of cancer in 1999, the family got serious about giving back. In 2001 her mom was the catalyst for the family to participate in the Relay for Life, an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society. They have raised $100,000 since then.
This year’s event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and goes through Saturday at 6 a.m. Jennifer explains, “The philosophy of doing an overnight walk is because ‘cancer never sleeps’ and many of us who have walked hospital floors with loved ones know that.”
In addition to the walk, the event includes dancing, a DJ, and a closing ceremony. Particularly special is the Survivor Ceremony and Luminaria Ceremony, which honors survivors and remember those who have died. As Jennifer says, the event “is a hopeful, positive celebration of survival.”
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