The 2016 Marion County Relay for Life could bask in the national spotlight when it returns to America's Hometown. The Hannibal City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a request to hold the fundraiser for the American Cancer Society the evening of June 3 in the historic area.

Kathryn McDaniel, ACS Community Manager and 2016 Event Lead Joel Booth shared plans for the 20th anniversary event. Family-friendly activities will include entertainment, food and non-alcoholic beverages, and ceremonies for survivors of cancer and their families.

Booth said there would be minimal street closures with the event taking place in the 400 block of North Main and the first block of North and Hill Streets, as well as the Y Men's Pavillion. McDaniel also received approval to light the lighthouse in purple that night in honor of cancer survivors. She told the council the lighthouse glowing in purple would be an iconic symbol that has already drawn interest at national American Cancer Society meetings.

The Marion County Relay for Life has a tradition of raising over $100,000, an accomplishment that has also won national awards. The 2016 goal is $120,000.  McDaniel says the funds go for a number of programs including local programs at the James E. Cary Cancer Center and Hannibal Regional Hospital. The Look Good Feel Better Program provides wigs and makeup for women.

Should the weather not cooperate, the event will move to the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center.

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