Q: Are Relay for Life events still going on in the local area this year?
A: The annual walk/fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is still around, but it's been scaled back in terms of hours and the number of relay events. Some counties' relays are undergoing a restructuring.
Relay for Life Champaign County is just a few weeks away. It will be held from 2-10 p.m. June 22 in downtown Champaign's West Side Park, and is open to the public.
The relay will start with an opening ceremony, and the annual luminaria lighting honoring people who have been touched by cancer will be held about 8:45 p.m.
The annual survivor's dinner that accompanies Relay for Life is coming up June 4 at Faith United Methodist Church (1719 S. Prospect Ave., C). The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6.
Around the area:
— The Illiana relay, which was a previously merged relay event that overlapped Illinois and Indiana and included Vermilion County, won't take place this year, according to ANNA KEYES, community development manager with the cancer society's office in Springfield.
"Every year, we re-evaluate our finances and donor dollars, so out of pure respect of maximizing donor dollars, we have canceled the Illiana Relay For Life of 2019," she said.
Illiana relay participants and volunteers have been invited to take part in the Champaign County relay event, Keyes said.
— The Piatt County relay is undergoing a restructuring, and will be held Oct. 5 at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello. A website with more information should be available soon, Keyes said.
"The event will be new to the community and have a brand new face and itinerary," she said.
— The Ford County relay has been merged into the Iroquois County relay, which will be held at 5 p.m. June 7 at Watseka High.
— The Douglas County relay will be held from 4-10 p.m. June 15 at Tuscola High.It has a $75,000 goal, and so far has raised just over $9,000.
— The relays in Champaign and Iroquois counties have the same fundraising goals — $90,000 — and both events are nearly halfway to their goals.