With nearly 1,500 people in attendance, the Rockford Relay for Life event on May 16-17, from 2 p.m.-2 p.m. is one of the top relays in the nation for the American Cancer Society (ACS)! The ACS has raised its goal of $335,000 and is still counting! More than $10,000 of that goal came through the efforts of our Mercy Health colleagues and team, “There is no I in cancer,” a name chosen to reflect the theme for this year’s relay: teamwork.
Held at the Rockford Middle School, Mercy Health was the Survivor sponsor for this 24-hour event that aims to bring awareness and raise funds for cancer. Kenda Klotz, Clinical Service Director of the Lacks Cancer Center, spoke before the survivor lap about Mercy Health’s contribution to the presence of so many survivors of cancer.
Brett Powers, medical librarian, served as the Mercy Health team captain and arranged the team and booth space, where attendees could purchase bottles of water, trail mix, T-shirts and get their hair spray painted. Mercy Health also gave away Frisbees and Mercy Health Physician Partners head bands.
Special thanks to our team’s two 24-hour walkers – nurses Allison Hollemans and Morgan Smagala – whose dedication and caring for those with cancer was evidenced by their commitment to walking for an entire day.