Dinner for cancer survivors added to county’s Relay for Life June 8-9

Paula Rowe, Rita Rorick and Sara Baker (from left), who have all served as caregivers for family members who eventually died of cancer, will host a survivor dinner on Saturday, June 8, as part of the Huntington County Relay for Life. Photo provided.

Three women who have served as caregivers to family members who eventually succumbed to cancer will chair a dinner for cancer survivors as part of the Huntington County Relay for Life on Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9.

Paula Rowe, Rita Rorick and Sara Baker all shared in caring for Renee Keller, who was Rowe's sister-in-law, Rorick's sister and Baker's aunt; and for Phil Rowe, who was Rowe's husband, Rorick's brother and Baker's father. Rorick herself is a breast cancer survivor, and the three women say they were motivated by Keller to become involved in the event.

In addition to chairing the survivor dinner, Rowe, Rorick and Baker have also organized a team to participate in the relay.

The Huntington County Relay for Life will begin on Saturday, June 8, at 2 p.m. at Kriegbaum Field, in Huntington.

During the event, the Eunice Coates Spirit Award will be presented to honor a cancer survivor who has reached out to others while battling cancer. Nominations for the award can be emailed or mailed to Sally Grimes at saggrimes@ yahoo.com or 3857W-700N, Huntington, IN 46750. Nominations must be received no later than June 4.

The award winner will be announced Saturday at 5 p.m. during the Relay for Life survivors' ceremony. All cancer survivors will be invited to take a lap around the track before attending the survivors' dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Central Christian Church. For dinner reservations, call Grimes at 358-6614, Rowe at 356-2361 or Baker at 672-3957.

A luminaria ceremony honoring anyone who has had or currently has cancer will be held at 9:45 p.m. at Kriegbaum Field.

The Relay for Life closing ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 9, a 7:45 a.m. at Kriegbaum Field. Contests and entertainment will be held throughout the event, which raises money for the American Cancer Society.