The American Cancer Society has selected Jill Krzyzanowicz to serve as honorary chair for this year's Relay For Life of Northern Chautauqua, which will take place at the SUNY Fredonia track today, beginning at noon.
Diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in the summer of 2013, Krzyzanowicz is more than ready to finish the fight at this year's Relay For Life.
"If you would have told me I would be walking as a "Survivor" this year at our local Relay For Life event, I would have never believed you. But the fact of the matter is, I was diagnosed with cancer this past summer. Not only will I be attending the event, this year I am an honorary captain of a team called "Team Krzyz CUREsaders and I'm thrilled to have been named Honorary Chair of this year's Relay," Krzyzanowicz said.
She adds, "We all know someone who has been affected by cancer - a good friend, a family member. But you never expect that you yourself are going to be the one to get that devastating diagnosis. I seek to find a cure for all cancers, not just my own. I know the more "common" cancers are the ones that will most likely affect the people I love."
The world's largest grassroots fundraising movement, Relay For Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease.
Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or fairground, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites at the event. Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, and faith-based groups all furthering the efforts of the American Cancer Society to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.
"Here in Chautauqua County, funds raised by our Relay For Life event are making an impact on so many lives, said Kate Hinds Morrison, Marketing and Publicity Chair. "From making possible the vital American Cancer Society programs and services that support those in our community facing a diagnosis, to life-changing cancer research and medical discovery, to advocacy for access to quality health care for everyone affected by cancer, the money raised through Relay For Life of Northern Chautauqua is helping further the vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. We are thrilled that Jill has joined with our Relay and the American Cancer Society to finish the fight."
For information about the event, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.relayforlife.org/DunkirkFredoniaNY.
The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit us at cancer.org.