On May 20, the three elementary schools of the Herscher District came together at Seebach Stadium to help Finish the Fight against a devastating disease that has touched far too many of our families.  The students participated in special dress up days and brought in donations each day leading up to the culminating Mini Relay for Life event.  During the afternoon, 24 presenters shared important information about living a healthy lifestyle with the students.   

There were over 1000 students in grades K-8 at Seebach Stadium on that beautiful sunny afternoon dressed in their class colors coming together to learn, to celebrate, to honor, and to remember.  The students learned about living healthy, they celebrated their generosity in helping to fight this disease, they honored those among us that day who are fighting cancer, and they remembered those who have lost their battle to this disease.   Classes carried signs that acknowledged their commitment to join in the fight against a disease that has affected many of those in attendance that day.  It was an incredible display of what coming together as a school community can accomplish.

I would like to thank the students, their families, and the staff at all three elementary schools who brought in donations for the American Cancer Society and CureSeach, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer.  Beginning with pennies on Monday and ending with their choice of donation on Friday, these students brought in $3,580. 72.   It was an overwhelming display of generosity and caring for others.  

A huge thank you goes out to the administration of the Herscher Unit 2 School District.

Thank you also to all the presenters who educated the students on what they can do now to help reduce the risks of some forms of cancer and other diseases in their lives.

Pictures from our Mini Relay are posted at the Kankakee County Relay for Life Facebook page.


Debbie Jensen,

Jean’s Genes Relay for Life team

Educator Liaison for American Cancer Society, Kankakee County Relay for Life