BOONVILLE — Cancer survivors clad in purple T-shirts took to the track at Starmount High School on Friday, surrounded by supporters and friends raising funds for cancer research and programming. The annual Relay for Life event has become a tradition for many in Yadkin County. Teams raise funds all year for ACS with breakfasts, bingo and other special events.
Relay for Life is the culmination of the hard work from teams throughout the year as they celebrate with games, food and live music. Participants take turns on the track throughout the event walking in memory or honor of loved ones who have battled cancer.
“This year’s event is amazing. We’re really excited, the crowd seems to be really happy and excited,” said David Cox, one of the Relay organizers. “We’ve got the Rick Strickland Band back again this year. We’re going to be playing music this evening, we’ll be out here dancing and having fun. We’ve got snacks, the meals are great.”
Cox said one of the event highlights was the survivor walk. Along with their caregivers, cancer survivors took a proud lap around the track to officially kick off the event.
“This event to me means hope, it means we have a future,” said survivor Bonnie Lasky. “There’s life after cancer. If you have cancer you can be treated, if you get treatment you can live, so live every day to the fullest.”
Another special portion of Relay took place around 9 p.m. with the luminary ceremony in memory of loved ones who have passed on.
Cox said this year they especially wanted to recognize the Baker family, whose 17-year-old son Marshall, passed away in November of last year following an eight-month battle with cancer.
“We want to remember that family in our prayers,” Cox said.
This year’s fundraising goal for Yadkin Relay was $110,000. Prior to Friday’s event $48,597 had been raised.
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