Friday, May 22, 2009

Relay for Life Coming Up

An American Cancer Society event to "celebrate, remember and fight back" will take place overnight at Hub Stine Field on May 30 and 31.

Darlene McWilliams, who lost her husband to renal cancer, visited the City Council on May 4 to discuss the event and urged the council members to take part. The late Mayor Albert T. McWilliams was only 53 when he lost his life two years ago, leaving behind Darlene and their five children.

Mrs. McWilliams called the blow a "sucker punch," noting it was just "five months from diagnosis to death" in her husband's case. Their daughter, Citywide At-large Councilwoman Annie McWilliams, is carrying on his political legacy and listened as her mother described the devastating effects of cancer on families.

Mrs. McWilliams and Cynthia Lewis said the group aims to "paint the town purple" with ribbon bows that people can purchase to show support. Signs are also available for display. Participants will raise funds in the overnight event. The goal is to have 40 teams and to raise $60,000. On May 4, the tally stood at $9,000 and is now listed as more than $20,000 on the Plainfield Relay for Life web site. Click here to see it.

The 14-hour event will honor survivors and recall those who did not make it. Funds raised will be used locally and the event overall will promote awareness of cancer and its impact on the community.

--Bernice Paglia


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