Cancer survivor dinner moved up to before Relay

CHAMPAIGN — The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life Champaign County survivor dinner, typically held on the same night of the relay, will be held about a week before the relay this year.

All local cancer survivors are invited to come to this free event, especially those who have been recently diagnosed with cancer, and bring a guest, said cancer society spokeswoman Shayne Squires.

"We encourage you to come," she said.

"When you first hear you have cancer, you really are reaching out. It's horrible. This could be a great place to come and meet other people."

And while talking to other survivors who have been through the cancer experience can help, she said, the dinner is also intended to be a fun and uplifting evening.

Squires said the dinner is being held on a different evening from the relay event this year because some participants are cancer patients going through treatments, and the dinner along with the relay makes for a very long day.

Relay for Life Champaign County is an overnight event set for June 9 and 10 at Centennial High School in Champaign.

The free survivor dinner will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 1 at the Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave., U.

Food will be provided by Texas Roadhouse restaurant. There will be a raffle, plus entertainment by Sweet Adelines and massage provided by Parkland College massage therapy students.

WCIA-TV meteorologist Robert Reese, a cancer survivor, will be the keynote speaker.

The cancer society won't turn anyone away from the dinner, but it hopes to get all reservations in by May 25 to make sure there's enough food and T-shirts for everyone attending, Squires said.

For information about both Relay for Life and to make a reservation for the survivor dinner, call 356-9076. Or come to the cancer society office at 2501 S. Neil St., C.

Or sign up online at relayforlife.org/champaignil/

If you reserve online, click on sign up, then survivor lap, then survivor/caregiver not on a team (no fee) and follow the registration process.

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