Thousands come out for Rockford Relay for Life

FIRST WALK—The firefighters of Rockford always lead the first lap of Rockford's Relay for Life event. With the new combined Department of Public Safety—which includes newly trained first responders from the city staff, the police department, Chief Dave Jones in command, City Manager Michael Young as overseer, and Chief Mike Reuss as Rockford Fire Marshall—this group of safety staff now leads the Relay for Life first lap. Photo by Beth Altena

by CINDY M. CRANMER Thousands of people joined together at Rockford’s Relay for Life to raise money to fight cancer, to celebrate survival from the disease or to remember a loved one who lost their battle to cancer. Area residents could show their support in a variety of ways from raising pledges for walking to […]

Rockford schools rally around Relay—Part I

Fourth-graders in Luanne Helsen’s class at Valley View Elementary School are supporting their classmate Claire Kowroski, who has cancer. The students wore t-shirts at the school’s mini-relay event that was raising money for Rockford’s Relay for Life. Many of the students and staff who are supportive of Claire are planning to wear the t-shirts at Rockford’s Relay event as well. Students walked and ran for 24 minutes, which represents one minute per each hour of Rockford’s Relay for Life, to raise money. More than $6,000 was raised with the majority coming from pledges for the mini-relay.	Photo by CINDY M. CRANMER

by CINDY M. CRANMER This article is a summary of what each school in Rockford Public Schools has come up with to contribute to the Rockford Relay for Life. Encouraging each school to organize their own fundraiser has been a goal of Relay organizers from year one. This Friday through Saturday, May 18-19, from 3 […]