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4-H'ers Host Relay For Life of Madison County


AMES, Iowa — The Madison County 4-H Youth Council has been hard at work preparing to host a Relay For Life event. Friday, June 4, the 4-H members will see their hard work come together from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Winterset High School Track.

“The kids themselves have done the majority of the work,” said Maria Forgy, Madison County Youth Coordinator. “They are very energized about the project and are finding out just how much work and dedication it takes.”

To sign up for the event, email madisoncorelay@gmail.com or  visit www.extension.iastate.edu/madison/news/Relay+for+Life.htm for more information. Or, call the ISU Extension office in Madison County at 515-462-1001.

“The council is looking at making this an annual event in Madison County,” explained Forgy. “We are hoping that people will take interest and make it a success.”

The Madison County effort is an example of the way Iowa 4-H'ers give back to their communities. Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development builds leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills in Iowa's youth.

A Challenge for All Ages
A challenge among schools across the county to bring out young people for the fight against cancer is what the 4-H Youth Council had intended; however, people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join in on the fight against cancer.

The Madison County 4-H Youth Council came up with the idea for a Relay For Life event in a brainstorming session; however, also a part of everyone’s minds was the past County Youth Coordinator of Madison County, Katherine Bowman. 

“In January our County Youth Coordinator, Katherine Bowman, passed away from cancer, so that made everything much more meaningful and fueled the fire more,” said Abbey Smith, Madison County 4-H Youth Council member.

The Madison County 4-H Youth Council is currently working on getting more teams and sponsors and doing final touches. They plan on hosting at least 10 teams for the relay to welcome a large number of people from the community to raise awareness. 

“We are also hoping for a large number of sponsorships, as cancer affects such a large number of people,” said Smith.  

For those interested in sponsorships, it is a $250 commitment. Those interested are asked to e-mail madisoncorelay@gmail.com for more information or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/madison/news/Relay+for+Life.htm.

“People should take time to do this because everyone knows someone that has been affected by this horrible disease and all of this goes towards helping to find a cure,” said Smith.

About Relay For Life

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease. At Relay For Life events, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.


About the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America with programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One in five Iowa school-age youth participates in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. 4-H is supported by federal, state and county funding, private grants and donations and fees. For more information about joining 4-H, contact your Iowa State University Extension county office at www.extension.iastate.edu/content/county-offices/ or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4H.


Contacts :
Maria Forgy, Madison County Extension Youth Coordinator, 515-462-1001, forgy@iastate.edu

Kassi Williams, Extension Communications and External Relations, 515-294-9915, kassi8@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, 515-294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu