One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime, and Relay for Life unites communities across the country each year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much.
More than 20 years ago, one man took it upon himself to raise money to support the efforts of the American Cancer Society and today more than three million Americans participate in Relay for Life events nationwide.
Thirteen teams gathered at the park on Friday night to take turns walking laps around the track with each team trying to keep at least one member involved at all time.
The teams participating were Macon County General Hospital, Nestle Water North America, North Central Telephone, Measure-Up, GreenBank, Circle of Friends, Macon County Cheerleaders, Wal-Mart, Hillwood Helpers, Macon Bank, Walgreens, Walgreens-Youth, and the Interact Club.
Relay offered something for everyone with the survivors walk and inspiration speaker Jack McCall at 7:00 p.m.; the Luminary Ceremony at 9:00 p.m. and entertainment throughout the night with plenty of good food served to hungry participants.
The Spirit Award was won by Macon County General Hospital with Citizens Bank selling the most luminaries. The All Nighter Award went to the Circle of Friends and Best Campsite was won by Measure Up. The team that raised the most money was Wal-Mart.
“I want to thank everyone for joining us at Relay for Life this year,” said event chairman Lisa Yokley, “and your donations give those touched by cancer, answers to their questions and hope for the future. Every dollar makes a difference.”
“See you again next year!”