American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life

June 13th, 2014

SafeSourcing's Heather Powell will again put on her walking shoes and participate in the Springfield/Clark County Ohio Relay for Life.

Manager of the Center of Excellence and Project Manager at SafeSourcing, Inc., Heather Powell had been very active in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  Relay for Life events are a gathering of communities that come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The funds raised truly make a difference in the fight against cancer, and typically stay in local American Cancer Society locations. Relay for Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground. Events are up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.

Heather had been active as the team captain of Team Gabby’s Angels, in honor of her Mother, as Entertainment Chair in 2009, and in 2010 she was the Event Chair Person.  From 2008-2012 Team Gabby’s Angels was in the top 5 teams of each year’s event, having raised money for the American Cancer Society.

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Since 2013, as a caregiver to her mother Heather could not participate in the Relays concentrating on her mother’s health.  She recently lost her mother who battled colon cancer for 11 years and her paternal grandfather who lost his 4 year fight of cancer, both died on the same day. 

So, this Friday June 13th, Heather will again put on her walking shoes and participate in the Springfield/Clark County Ohio Relay for Life. She will walk the Survivor Lap, and participate in the Celebration Ceremony- a Relay event for survivors celebrate what they’ve overcome. Heather is in her 18th year of surviving cancer. She will walk during the dusk Luminary Lap and participate in the Remembrance Ceremony- to remember people lost to the disease, and honor people who have fought or are fighting cancer. The path is illuminated with paper luminaries with Names to remember or honor loved one.  Heather will participate in the Fight Back Laps and participate in the Fight Back Ceremony-   inspires Relay participants to take action against a disease that has taken too much. This year Heather will walk with and for her family with no team or fundraising, however next year she will again form Gabby’s Angels and with family, friends, and co-workers pick up the spirit and fight against all types of cancers!

For more information about the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and how you can help, create or support a team, or donate your time, money, or resources, please visit: http://www.relayforlife.org/

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