Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the Second Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of North Anderson gets underway with teams of residents gathering at Wren High School on May 4 at 7 pm. Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening.
Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.
“Relay is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against the disease,” said Wes Porter, Co-Chairman. “Many of the Relay participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that our area is not immune to this disease and that by participating in Relay, we are joining with the American Cancer Society’s efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” added Megan Selman, Co-Chairman.
Local teams will have the following fundraisers during the event –
Allstate – Cakes For A Cure and Relay T-shirts; Pink Power – Lap Bead Necklaces, Bird House Gourds & Wreath;PiggyFace Cancer Fighters – Starbucks Coffee, Raffle for Quilt and Tools; Guthrie Grove Church of God – Popcorn & Goodies; Chad’s Cancer Fighters – Raffle Items, Parachord Bracelets; West Pelzer Primary; Hans J Salon – Hair Braiding/Tinsel & Nails; Wren Elementary – Pick Up Ducks Face/Nail Painting & Hair Spray; South Greenville Sports – Face Painting, Coffee and Donuts.
Also Concrete Primary – Baked Goods; Hunt Meadows Elementary, Spearman Elementary, Southside Baptist Church – Boiled P-Nuts; Mt. Springs Baptist – Hot Dogs & Chili; Wren High – Barbecue, Handmade Relay Jewelry; Mt. Airy Baptist – Cotton Candy; Cedar Grove – Suckers and M&Ms; Pasui Dentistry – Games, Hot Dogs; Gunter’s Groupies – Hat Toss, Baked Goods/Fruit/Water ; Powdersville Elementary – Colored Hair, Flower Pens; Walgreens – Cornhole Tournament, Water, Water Bottles; Jess B Kickin Cancer ; Palmetto Elementary, Wren Middle School and Palmetto High School, Powdersville Middle and Powdersville High will have a variety of games and activities.
Funds raised at Relay For Life throughout Anderson County, and in more than 5000 local communities throughout the country, are enabling the American Cancer Society to influence the lives of those touched by cancer. The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year.
For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/northanderson or call Wes Porter at 864-277-4045 or log onto www.cancer.org.