For 15 years Warren countians have supported cancer research with Relay for Life activities. With teams working throughout the year to raise funds, the effort culminates for one big Relay event. This year's was held Friday at Nunley Stadium.
According to Relay chairman Carla Savage, approximately $92,000 was raised this year, with the total expected to rise in coming days.
“We are very pleased with how everything turned out,” said Savage. “We have $92,000 accounted for, and wouldn’t be surprised if that total escalates.”
With the chosen theme of Relay Southern Style, many vendors took advantage and served Southern delicacies or decorated their booth to fit the theme.
“We wanted to come up with something creative that might be fun for our vendors and attendees,” said Savage.
Delicious food items included chocolate cobbler, Southern barbecue, fried Moon Pies and RC Colas, homemade ice cream and fried bologna sandwiches.
Teams from the Warren County High School football team, and the middle school baseball team joined the ranks of teams this year.
“We are so thankful for them joining us, and for all our teams and supporters that work so hard to make this a success,” said Savage. “We want to thank Kevin Deason and Viola’s On The Road Again Show for helping us out, and a big thank you to Nathan Smith and the Lighthouse Ministry for providing the firework display.”
An auction featuring unique items, all donated by businesses and individuals, was enjoyed with some fun bidding going on with attendees. Some of the interesting items donated were a homemade rocking chair, a cedar chest, a rag quilt and an AKC registered lab puppy.
Savage said 147 cancer survivors registered at the event, and felt honored to have them as guests. All money raised at the Relay event is donated to cancer research, and to the Hope Lodges in Tennessee.
A survivor lap followed the opening ceremony, and shining luminarias also paid homage to cancer victims and survivors.
Perhaps the youngest cancer survivor on hand, 4-year-old Briggs Davis, participated in the survivor lap. There will be a benefit in his honor Saturday, June 24 at Covenant Church from 2 – 8 p.m.