Friends, neighbors and cancer survivors will kick off the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Evanston with a celebration at Tommy Nevin’s Pub at 6:30 p.m. on March 3. Anyone who wishes to form a team, volunteer to help with planning the event or wants to hear more about this year’s highlights is encouraged to attend.

Relay For Life is an overnight event with the theme of “Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.” The event celebrates the lives of those who have had cancer, remembers loved ones lost to the disease and rallies individuals to fight back against a disease that takes too much.

Charlene Derequito, Relay For Life committee member and past participant, says she believes others should participate in Relay because, “Among other things that connect humans across the world, cancer connects us more than we are aware.”

Ms. Derequito describes Relay as “a time to come together to express in some way that we understand the struggle. Every step we take is a step closer to a world without cancer. It’s truly inspiring.”

Teams raise funds, before and during the event, to fight cancer. Lynn Kahla, sister of Gayle Passino, who lost her battle to the disease, says she feels Relay For Life gave her a sense of control and the ability to help those who are fighting the battle.

Relay For Life of Evanston will begin at 6 p.m. on May 21 at the Evanston Township High School outdoor track. More inforamtion is available by calling the American Cancer Society at 847-328-5147, ext. 3, or visiting