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Relay For Life marches to success

6/20/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

GREEN — Numerous supporters in the community stepped up to make the 11th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Green a success, according to event chair Jennifer Jesser-Ringer.

She said the event raised $24,000 to support cancer research and provide assistance to those with the disease. The event was held June 14-15 on the grounds of the Akron General Health and Wellness Center — Green.

“It was awesome,” said Jesser-Ringer. “So many guests made it memorable.”

Jesser-Ringer is shown above, at left, along with, from left, Green Mayor Dick Norton, Ohio Department of Insurance Director and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Green High School senior Dara Willis, who sang the national anthem. Jeanne Greco, who chaired the first Relay For Life in Green event 11 years ago, is shown speaking.

After opening ceremonies, the Relay For Life event began with cancer survivors taking the first lap, pictured at top, accompanied by Ohio Legends Football team members.

Shown at left is cancer survivor Jerry Prahl as he crosses the finish line with his wife, Beverly, and Ohio Legends head coach Tom Jackson. They are greeted by 8 Count Dance Studio students.

— By Maria Lindsay

Photos: Dale Dong

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