Relay raises more than $100,000


The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life was celebrated on Saturday in Perry County at the Perry County Park. Survivors took to the track to finish the first lap of the Relay’s walk after the afternoon’s opening ceremony was completed.

Perry County’s Relay for Life was held in the Perry County Park this year, where attendees were treated to free admittance to the Perry County pool in addition to the Relay activities.

Lanterns were lit at the opening ceremony in honor of those loved ones who have fallen in the fight against cancer. Family and friends lit the lanterns before the walk began on Saturday.

The tunnel on the walking track at the park was transformed into a “Memory Garden” to honor those who had fought and lost the battle against cancer.

The Perry County Central JROTC presented colors at the opening ceremony during the signing of the national anthem.

Perry native Rocky Hudson led the crowd in a word of prayer on Saturday during the Relay for Life opening ceremony.

Survivors lined up to announce to the crowd how long they had been fighting their fight against cancer.

Survivors waited in the shade before the opening ceremonies concluded with the first lap of the walk.

Booths, tables, and props were set up throughout the park on Saturday for each of the 26 Relay for Life teams in Perry County.

Each team picked a theme for their decorations and T-shirts.

Team themes included “Team Avengers,” tropical themes, and spreading the light of faith.

HAZARD—Friends, family, loved ones, and survivors gathered in the Perry County Park over the weekend to take part in the county’s American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life walk.

Hundreds of people attended the event on Saturday, which offered food, music, and games for all ages. Inflatables were available for the kids, and the Perry County Pool was opened to the public for free during the Relay event.

Around 50 cancer survivors lined the walking track at the park to complete the first lap of the Relay walk together

The event was the culmination of around a month-long fundraising event for the cancer society. The Perry County Relay committee was able to raise more than $100,000, something organizers say has happened for at least the last three years.

Besides the relay event in the park, events held during this year’s fundraising campaign included a “Jail and Bail” at the Hazard Wal-Mart in May as well as yard sales, and other events.

All of the money raised during this year’s campaign goes toward the efforts of the American Cancer Society, a nationwide organization which seeks to eliminate cancer as a major health problem through prevention, research, education, advocacy, and service. According to their website, the American Cancer Society helps save more than 400 lives per day using funds raised through efforts like the Relay for Life.

Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

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