Volunteers have been raising funds all year, all to culminate in a grand celebration at the annual Yadkin County Relay for Life. The event has been a longstanding tradition in the community to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society for cancer research and programming.
This year’s Relay brought the heat with a beach party theme which included a DJ and live band playing beach music and other popular favorites. While walkers made rounds around the track at Forbush High School, volunteers sold a variety of food and crafts to help raise funds and participants of all ages danced to the music.
Volunteer Mandy Rider summed it up saying, “We’re having a great time and raising money for cancer research and having fun.”
“It feels like a beach party. I sat down to eat supper and felt like I was at the beach,” said Allison Reeves, the community representative for ACS.
Though Relay is a celebratory event, there is always a deep sense of emotion for many who have lost loved ones to cancer.
“I’ve noticed today that overall our leadership team is a tad bit more emotional than normal, some of us just keep tearing up,” Reeves said.
When cancer survivors and their caregivers took a special lap around the track, that was an especially emotional moment for the group.
“It’s turned out fabulous, everybody’s having a great time,” Reeves added. She noted that the music, in particular was a special treat at this year’s event. At the last minute a DJ from Denver, Scott Smith stepped in to assist when an another group was unable to do the sound for the event. He has worked at several Relay for Life events in other counties.
“We’re having a great time. It’s a good crowd and everybody seems to be having a good time,” Smith said.
The final deadline for donations will not be until August, so there’s still time for the group to meet it’s fundraising goal for the year. Reeves said they were pleased so far with the numbers as they had tracked ahead all year.
As of the night of Relay, a total of $78,000 had been raised.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.