It was warm, but the participants were determined.
The 2016 Boone County Relay for Life was a big success Sunday evening, June 26, at the Boone Central track.
Cancer survivors were honored as they took the opening lap around the track, followed by a lap honoring caregivers and a lap to introduce the teams.
Featured speaker was the Nebraska Hero of Hope, Michelle Shkolnick of Omaha, who has survived both breast cancer and throat cancer since the 1980s. She drew analogies between the battle against cancer and boxing champion Muhammad Ali. “He took a lot of punches and back up,” she said. Cancer patients are in the fight for their lives, and their “ringmen” are their family members, loved ones, medical professionals and the American Cancer Society.
All funds raised from the relay go to the American Cancer Society for cancer research and support of cancer patients.