The American Cancer Society held its annual “Jail and Bail” on Friday, an event held in conjunction with the Relay for Life of Harlan County. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
ACS Community Manager Roxanne Rose said the Jail and Bail is a fundraiser to help support the mission of the ACS to fund cancer research, support patient services and help bring an end to cancer.
Event Chair for Relay for Life Brandon Robinson was one of several “inmates” on hand for Friday’s Jail and Bail.
“Jail and Bail is a fundraiser we do each year,” Robinson said. “The teams get to have people “arrested” to raise money for their teams and for the relay itself. It’s a great event, it brings a lot of community leaders and members of the community out to have a good time and spend some time promoting the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life.”
Harlan County Judge-Executive Can Mosley took part in the Jail and Bail, also signing a proclamation declaring June 13 “Cancer Survivor Day” in Harlan County.
The ACS Relay for Life is set for June 17 at Huff Park.
The Relay for Life is a cancer survivor celebration, featuring family-friendly entertainment such as cake walks, music, games, inflatables and more.
According to the ACS Relay for Life of Harlan County website, 18 teams and 134 participants have so far raised approximately $17,305.
The Relay for Life Hope Lodge opened in March 2007 in Lexington, and has provided more than 67,000 free night stays to cancer patients being treated for cancer, saving them more the $6.4 million dollars. The facility provided 39 patients from Harlan County 663 night stays in 2015, resulting in a total savings to the patients of $92,820.
The 2016 Relay for Life will kick off at 6 p.m. on June 17 at Huff Park, wrapping up at 6 a.m. on June 18.
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