The 13th annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life has come and gone, and it was a hot one.
Temperatures were in the high 90s as the teams gathered at the New Albany Sportsplex for the opening ceremony last Friday evening. And it didn’t cool off much all evening.
Attendance was down from last year in the oppressive heat, but Rick Lemmons, chairman of the event, said it was still an “awesome day for an awesome cause.” We agree.
Lemmons said event organizers believe more than $80,000 was raised by teams competing in the event, and from other activities. Attendees were able to buy food, listen to music and participate in games.
Ann Gray, entertainment chair, said, “Cancer touches everyone, whether through personal experience or through family or friends. Union County has taken a stand to fight this dreadful disease and they do a wonderful job.”
And Colt Doom, team recruitment chair, called the event vital to the community because it gives the community and its families a chance to slow down and honor the many cancer survivors, and remember those who have lost the fight.
It is an important event, and we congratulate all those who helped with this year’s Relay for Life, and urge everyone in the community to think about participating in some way next year.