The Fayette County Relay for Life was held Friday with multiple teams and many residents taking the time to help fight for the cure to cancer.
“All of these people are out here today to help in raising awareness for cancer research and to celebrate our survivors,” Amy Mason, marketing and publicity chair for the Relay for Life in Fayette County, said. “This year we had someone register that is a 40-year cancer survivor. This event is to come out and celebrate them.”
Local organizations took time this season to participate in the relay. The event, which was held at the track at the Washington High School, was deejayed and had many events going on, such as the Little Miss and Little Mister Relay Contest. Each team booth at the event had some sort of money raising attraction as well, including food and drinks, a prize spin wheel and a life-sized version of “Operation.”
“We have several factories out here including YUSA, Domtar, andStage Stores,” Mason said during the relay event on Friday. “We have Adena Healthcare. We have several family and friends teams. All of them have fundraisers going on all night. We have the life-sized Operation game, a life-sized Jenga game. So we have all sorts of exciting things going on.”
Throughout the event, participants were walking or jogging laps. The teams were located around the track and each had friendly faces. Many conversations could be overheard of friends catching up, and people celebrating or remembering the cancer patients at the event and lost to the fight. Mason thanked all of the teams and residents who participated to make this another successful relay.
“We had roughly 200 register online this year, but we always have many more who don’t register and show up to support the relay,” Mason said. “It is really nice to see everyone come out and support those who have been fighting cancer. We did have to change the time this year, because we were beginning to see people trickle out and slow down in the early morning hours. We are hoping that this encourages more teams to come join the relay and also we hope to return to the longer events in the future.”
Visit “American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Fayette County Ohio” on Facebook for more information on future events.
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