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$94,000 and counting for WC Relay for Life

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BY CHELSEA BURNETTThe Wilson PostMother Nature threatened to rain down on the annual Wilson County Relay for Life event this past weekend, but in the end, she was defeated.Defeat of cancer is the goal of the Relay for Life event which raises money for the American Cancer Society in its battle against the disease.With another Relay for Life event over for this year, Co-Chairman Vicki Gordon said it went extremely well. Beginning on Friday, June 25 and ending on Saturday, June 26, the relay was held at Castle Heights Track and Field. Gordon said Friday night’s rain did not thwart the event. “We played it on an hour-by-hour basis,” Gordon said. The rain forced the event to come to a standstill for a short while, but ceased around 8:30 that evening. Gordon reported $94,100 raised so far as a result of the event, but “I anticipate much more,” as their fiscal year ends on Aug. 31 and more money is expected to come in. Gordon said she was very pleased with this year’s turnout for the Relay adding that there was a “great crowd on the field” that consisted between 33-38 teams. The Relay hosted many activities throughout the night, including the Survivors Walk, which featured 174 people. “That’s what the Relay’s all about, the survivors,” Gordon noted. She also commented on the night’s Luminaries Ceremony, which consisted of filling small paper bags with sand and a candle to represent a loved one lost to cancer. Although the rain dampened a few of the bags, Gordon said the ceremony forged ahead and included a projector screen with names of loved ones scrolling down as music played. Gordon said there were more than 1,700 luminaries sold for this year’s event.     The annual Relay was a success, as Gordon pointed out. “We just thank our community for being so supportive. We couldn’t do it without them. They come out and support us whole-heartedly.”Staff Writer Chelsea Burnett may be contacted at chelsea@wilsonpost.com.
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