The American Cancer Society (ACS) is calling on Benton County residents to participate in the annual Relay For Life of Benton County on Friday, June 8, at Benton Community’s track, football and soccer stadium, Van Horne. The event starts at 6 p.m., survivor lap at 7 p.m. and lasts until after the luminary ceremony.

ACS is seeking volunteers to form teams and stand shoulder to shoulder with the ACS and cancer patients and those supporting them.

“It has been an honor to represent members of our families who have survived and who have passed away. We hope to find a cure for this disease to help so many others. We have had a team since the beginning and have enjoyed meeting so many new people. Our prayers are with everyone involved and we thank all the volunteers for their hard work,” said KKW team captain Dorothy Franzenburg, Van Horne.

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Washington in 1985, the Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have been touched by cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change. Symbolizing the battle waged around the clock by those facing cancer, the event can last up to 24 hours and empowers communities to take a stand against cancer.

This year, an estimated 1.3 million people in the U.S. will participate in more than 2,000 events to help the ACS attack cancer in dozens of ways, each of them critical to achieving a world without cancer – from developing breakthrough therapies to building supportive communities, from providing empowering resources to deploying activists to raise awareness.

If you want information to form or join a team, contact Loretta Vogt or go online to or call 319-866-7100 for team registration forms. If you want to buy a luminary to honor or remember a friend or family member touched by cancer, contact Loretta Vogt, Blairstown. If you are a survivor, contact Frieda Davis, Vinton, to join the celebration lap. If you would like to be a sponsor or make a donation, contact Fran Magdefrau, Belle Plaine. Sponsors who want their names on the Relay t-shirts need to have their money to Fran Magdefrau, Belle Plaine, by April 20.

Businesses that have donated to date are:

Gold ($1,000) The Star Press Union.

Silver ($750) The Watkins Savings Bank.

Bronze ($500) Atkins Lumber Co., Belle Plaine Rotary Club

Signature ($250) Eden Mutual Insurance Association, Coots Materials Company Inc., Van Horne Cooperative Telephone Company, Country Foods, Iowa Mold and Engineering Inc., American Family Insurance, Clingman Pharmacy Inc., Ollinger Garage Doors Inc., M&D Mini Storage, Thys Automotive Family

The Relay For Life is a fundraising event that reaches into the communities of Benton County and brings together neighbors, friends, work associates, and families to celebrate those who have survived cancer and to remember those who have not.