Over 20 different countries and well over 5,000 individual events have been held for Relay for Life, an event that has raised nearly 5 billion dollars in funds for cancer research. Here locally in LaGrange and Troup County, the local Relay for Life event always takes place at the Chris Joseph track behind Whitesville Road Elementary School. The event has many different moving parts, including games, music, corn hole, face painting, and so much more. From open to close, the event was thrilling and paid honor to the survivors and those that have left us far too soon. Before all of that begins, the planning season starts at the first of the year. This past Thursday night, January 11th, the group started their 2018 season with a party at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center.
There were many people in attendance that night, with the group growing and expanding each year. There was delicious food provided by the volunteers as the group settled in for a night of fun and exciting announcements. Last year’s event was a huge success, drawing a very large crowd and seeing many different local groups and organizations participating in this wonderful event. From the entertainment, the survivor’s walk, the luminary walk at night, and incredible food, there was a lot to offer and a lot of money raised for cancer research. Now, it was time once again to set goals and work towards ending cancer once and for all.
This year, the Relay for Life event will be held on April 20th, at the Chris Joseph track once again. This year’s theme will be “Knock Cancer Off the Board,” a board game themed event where people can decorate their tents in any fashion they so choose. This will be the 25th event that our local Relay for Life has held. Their goal for this year is to reach $100,000 for cancer research and here at the beginning, they have already raise $6,459 before even beginning to campaign. There are already 16 teams registered, but the group wants to hit 45 teams, over 230 survivors, and over 600 participants for this year’s event.
The Relay for Life event each year is beyond special. The smiling faces of survivors and the joy that is present from family members and loved ones is an incredible thing to witness. There is always more time to get involved, with the group meeting monthly all the way up until the event. Make sure to contact your local Relay representatives and find out what you can do to get involved this spring. It will be an experience you will never forget.