Walking 35 miles for cancer awareness after Relay for Life canceled

COVID-19 has caused countless organizations to cancel big events and fundraisers. However, that doesn’t mean the causes that need the money have disappeared.

After the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life was canceled, Jeff Green decided to take matters into his own hands. In lieu of the event, Green walked 105 laps around the Vietnam Memorial walking track in Ocean Springs on Saturday.

Green, whose dad passed away from cancer, has been a part of Relay for Life since he learned about the event while in the Army.

Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, Green wants to bring attention to those battling a different deadly disease. “We’re walking basically to battle cancer. Raise money to fight against cancer. We’re called Relay for Life. It’s the 35th anniversary. It started in the state of Washington by a doctor named Gordy Klatt. He went on a track for 24 hours, raised about 27,000 dollars and now they’ve made it into a big event. So this year, since world happenings, we decided, a couple of us, me and my buddy Nate, basically walk 35 miles for the anniversary of Relay for Life.”

You can donate to the cause at www.relayforlife.org by using zip code 39564.

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