From press & staff reports
The Winston County Medical Center Relay for Life Team held their annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life this past Friday, May 31 at the Louisville High School campus.
This year’s event, entitled “Cancer Doesn’t Take A Holiday”, was very successful as proceeds for the night reached $30,000. The overall goal was $31,000. All funds raised by the teams went to the American Cancer Society to help with research for a cure for cancer, services to cancer patients, and awareness for cancer prevention.
With rumors of rain in the forecast, officials for the event thought of possibly having to move it inside. However, they decided to stay in their original location, and the weather decided to co-operate, making it perfect for the event.
Besides all the entertainment that was provided, participating teams sold plates of food, cookies, cookbooks, and T-shirts. There were also many activities for the kids, including jumpers, face painting, and other games.
The survivor reception brought out a packed house, with a large group of cancer survivors coming out for it. Chairwoman Brandi Krajewski spoke how she felt during this part of the ceremony.
“I am very humbled when I saw the survivors all gathered sitting on the field,” Krajewski said. “I was reminded that they are why we do relay. Some were feeling great while who were still having to go through their battle were not feeling so well. However, they were there and that what was important.”
Local merchants did their part by donating door prizes for the survivors. It meant a lot to the survivors that their local merchants cared so much and wanted to make it a special night for them. One of those merchants was Oh So Sweet located on North Court Ave. prepared a cake in honor of the survivors.
The luminary service, which was one of the mot beautiful moments of the night, was breath taking. With a large number of sky lanterns being sold, many survivors and families sat and listened to the names being called and watched the lanterns glide through the sky. “At that time I was reminded that regardless of anything else, the sky is really our limit,” Krajewski said.
Krajewski was pleased with how the event turned out, but felt like more could be done. “Relay for Life has suffered in people in our community not wanting to be devoted to the cause,” she said. “However, with the cancer rates in our county and all the people who have been affected by cancer you would think the football field would be packed.”
Krajewski will keep fighting the good fight as she continues to promote and raise awareness of this disease. “I am honored to be able to serve our community by chairing the event,” Krajewski said. “I have hope by continuing to raise awareness of cancer, raising money for research, and helping those who have already been affected this can one day be a possibility.”
The WMC Rely Team and Krajewski are looking forward to next year’s event already, and plan to make it even better than this year’s. “Next year, I hope we can promote Relay as ‘The Sky is the Limit’ for fundraising for this event,” Krajewski said. “The committee members, teams, and sponsors all pulled together, worked hard, and we met our goal. Next year, I hope we can beat our goal.”
For more information about Relay for Life, email Brandi Krajewski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team members walk the track in support of the fight against cancer. The 2013 relay event was held May 31 and raised just over $30,000.
For more than 65 years, the American Cancer Society has been finding answers that save lives and Relay for Life is one of is main fundraisers across the globe.