Licking County News

Pataskala Relay For Life slated July 12-13


The personal touches the American Cancer Society does for survivors and caregivers helped convince Jan Lucas to become involved in the Pataskala Relay For Life event and become its chairwoman.

"I think we're all affected by (cancer) in one way or another," Lucas said.

Pataskala's Relay For Life begins at 6 p.m. Friday, July 12, and ends the following day. Relay teams camp out overnight and members take turns walking or running around a track or path, so at least one person is participating at all times.

Lucas said the venue for the Relay has been changed from Watkins Memorial High School to Licking Heights High School, 4000 Mink St.

She Watkins' track area is being serviced this summer, prompting the change.

Lucas said money the Relay For Life raises helps cancer survivors learn how to adapt to treatment and life afterward. It also benefits cancer research.

"We celebrate survivors and the caregivers who stand with them," she said.

Lucas said the Pataskala Relay For Life is a local event and she encourages as many people as possible to become involved.

Tim Callahan, income development representative for the American Cancer Society who is overseeing the Pataskala Relay For Life, said roughly $6,000 has been raised for the event. The goal is $25,000.

"We know we're on our way," Callahan said.

Callahan said the organization hopes to have 20 participating teams. He said 12 to 15 teams already have been created. Anyone wanting to join or contribute should contact Callahan at 888-227-6446, ext. 3212.

"The community rallies really strongly to this event," he said, adding that he expects up to 1,000 people to participate or watch the Relay For Life.

The Relay For Life begins with a cancer survivors' lap celebrating those who have survived cancer or who are currently battling cancer.

Later in the evening, a luminaria ceremony memorializes those who have been stricken with cancer.

Games, music, live entertainment and pep rallies encourage people all through the night.