Relay for Life of LaGrange County brought members of the community together Saturday at Lakeland High School to walk for the American Cancer Society.
The participants raised over $57,000 for the American Cancer Society this year. The teams had fundraisers on their sites during the event and there was also a silent auction to help raise money.
While the 30 teams were walking from 9 a.m. on Saturday until 9 a.m. on Sunday, they were able to participate in superhero themed hours and activities. Over 500 visitors and participants were immersed into the theme of “We Can be Heroes.”
Their quest for a cure was focused on the not only the theme of being a hero, but also on three missions – Celebrate, remember, and fight back.
Residents of LaGrange County who have battled cancer were honored and celebrated during the survivor lap. There was applause all the way around the track as over 75 cancer survivors made their way to the finish line and received a survivor’s medal.
After the survivors lap, which started the first of many laps for the participants, the survivors were also treated to breakfast.
There was a luminaria ceremony to remember loved ones that have lost their lives to cancer, and the fight back ceremony was to encourage everyone to fight back against cancer.
“We had an amazing event, our community really pulled together to remember those we lost, honor the survivors and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight back against cancer,” said Suzanne Priestley, the event chair. “Thank you to all our sponsors, teams, and everyone who came out to the event.”
The American Cancer Society was celebrating 100 years of fighting cancer.
The pamphlet for this year’s Relay stated, “For nearly 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been working to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays…Together we will achieve a day where cancer never steals another year from anyone’s life.”