Skip to Content

Shaping the 2024 Relay for Life Event

In late June, a significant event takes place for individuals looking to support cancer patients in various stages of the illness.

The Relay for Life in Ashtabula County, organized by the American Cancer Society, is set to occur on June 29 at Giddings Park in Jefferson. This event aims to raise funds for cancer research and offer assistance to local residents facing the challenges of the disease.

Originating in the late 1990s, the local Relay for Life has transitioned through five different locations, commencing at Smith Field. Chris Rainsberg, a team captain preparing for the 2024 relay, mentioned this evolution.

To kickstart the fundraising efforts, Rainsberg organized the “Brrr for the Cure Polar Plunge” on February 10 at Pymatuning State Park in Pennsylvania. This event was part of a winter fun day sponsored by the park, attracting 43 participants, including a significant representation from Ashtabula County.

The fundraising initiative led by Rainsberg managed to collect approximately $4,500. The upcoming 2024 event will be led by Curtis Payne and Tina Redding.

Payne, a cancer survivor, shared his inspiring journey at the 2023 Relay for Life event. Diagnosed with incurable leukemia in 2012 and initially given a bleak prognosis, Payne overcame numerous challenges, including depression, to emerge stronger and eager to contribute as an event leader.

Redding, who joined Relay for Life early in life due to personal loss, brings a wealth of experience and fresh perspectives to the event. Her goal is to introduce innovative ideas and enhance the visibility of Relay for Life.

The event not only raises funds for cancer research but also provides support to patients and acknowledges the resilience of survivors and fighters. Those interested in sponsoring a team or participating individually can find more details on the Relay for Life Ashtabula County Website managed by the ACS.