A torrential downpour forced local organizers to cancel an annual event originally scheduled for last month that raises funds for the American Cancer Society.
The Scott County Relay for Life was supposed to be held June 20 but inclement weather washed out the event. Now organizers are planning an abbreviated version of the annual fund-raising event slated for Friday, July 11 at Gate City High School.
This is the 10th annual event and local volunteers have worked diligently to make the new event as inspiring as the original.
A pair of members from the Dream Makers Team at Tempur + Sealy in Duffield serve as co-chairs of the 2014 Scott County Relay for Life.
“Tempur + Sealy has been involved with Relay for Life of Scott County for four years now,” explained Robin Kern. “James [Bowen] and I have co-chaired the event for two of those. Tempur + Sealy is a big supporter of giving back to the community and cancer has hit our company in several ways.”
The team has already raised more than $10,000 to be used for cancer research and the reasons for their effort is quite simple – they remember those affected by the deadly disease.
“We have lost beloved employees to cancer and several employees have lost family members as well,” Kern added. “The Relay for Life event is just a way to celebrate those who have fought the battle and won, remember those we’ve lost and fight back by raising the money to help find that cure. There’s not a single person that has not been affected by cancer in some way.”
Friday’s event kicks off at 7 p.m. with registration for survivors. The actual Relay starts at 8 p.m. with the solemn Survivors’ Lap.
Organizers will light up the track around Legion Field and a portion of the visitors’ seating area during the emotional Luminarie Ceremony.
The public is welcome to attend. Luminaries can be purchased at a cost of $5 each from one of the 10 teams signed up to compete in the Scott County Relay for Life.
Kern noted that Friday’s event is a chance for local residents to publicly demonstrate their support in helping to find a cure for cancer.
“It is our dream to see the day that there will be no more cancer, but until that day…no one fights alone,” she remarked. “Every dollar we make and every step we take is another step closer. Scott County needs to get behind Relay for Life and help find that cure.”
When you walk to end cancer at a Relay event, it’s your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost, but also to raise awareness about what can be done to stay well from cancer and raise money to help fuel the world’s largest walk to end cancer.
For more information, contact Kern at (423) 360-0630, Bowen at (276) 594-0052 or ACS Staff Person Allie Austin, (276) 739-3483.