Carroll County Relay For Life-North, South Reunite
Carroll County Relay For Life north and south units joined forces for the first time in many years to host a single event of Relay For Life at the Carroll County Civic Center on Friday, July 7. The July 7 event was rescheduled from June 23, when Tropical Storm Cindy dumped rains on Tennessee.
Relay For Life started in Carroll County on May 21, 1997 at the McKenzie City Park. There was only one event in the county with teams throughout the county participating. Ramona Washburn of McKenzie was the first chairwoman. The late Ross Martin was the first honorary co-chairman. The first event raised $30,000.
The 2017 event raised $85,249.77. Johnny Beth Nolen received the Volunteer of the Year award. An end of year closing party will be held with the teams after August 31 to celebrate the success of Relay this year. Additional awards will be given then for most money raised, best team spirit, etc.
This year’s honorary co-chairs represented the county: Ann Drewry, McKenzie; Judy Gooch, Yuma; Mary Lou Hicks, Cedar Grove; Glendon Rich, Huntingdon; Darrell Ross, McKenzie; and Brenda Spencer, Bruceton. Each was seated on stage to receive special recognition.
This Friday, Survivor Registration and Reception was 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Photos by Joel Washburn/The Banner Relay
inside the Civic Center. All cancer survivors were invited to the reception as the gathering celebrate another birthday along with the nearly 15.5 million other survivors.
Attendees enjoyed the outdoor activities, including the walking track, food, and other activities. Teams set up food booths along the fairgrounds and other booths or simply sit inside at the climate-controlled Civic Center visiting with friends and checking out the silent auction items.
Opening Ceremony were at 6 p.m. with Tim McBride serving as emcee. Anna and Jon Eaton performed prior to formal ceremonies.
At 7:45 until 8:30 p.m. The Pit Band played music on the stage in the Civic Center. Returning this year was a magic show by Judge John Everett Williams at 8:30 p.m. This year team events include Lip Sync contest and Dude Looks Like a Lady.
The Luminary ceremony began at 9 p.m. so attendees could celebrate the lives of those who survive and those who lost their battle with cancer. Candles were lit inside of a personalized bag and placed around the Relay track as glowing tributes to those who have been affected by cancer.
This year’s theme for the night was “Traveling the World for a Cure”. At the teams campsite the theme was carried out.
The American Cancer Society is the largest non-profit, non-governmental, funder of cancer research in the United States. Specialeventslike Carroll County Relay For Life are a strong source of funds. With every dollar raised helping those affected by cancer in the community. Seventy–two cents of every dollar goes directly to fight cancer. It is estimated almost 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2017. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among males (19%), followed by lung (14%) and colorectal (9%) cancers. Among females, breast (30%), lung (12%), and colorectal (8%) cancers are the most common.
Last year citizens from Carroll County received lodging at the Hope Lodge, got wigs, participated in the Look Good Feel Good program, obtained information, and received rides to and from treatments – all free of charge. All these services and much more information can be obtained by calling the cancer hotline, 1-800-227-2345, or going to the website, www.cancer.org.
This year’s event sponsors were: Barsto Construction, Crop Productions, Nicholson Eye Center, Espey Oil Company, Huntingdon Insurance Agency, LifeCare Center of Bruceton, Maddox Law Office, Harmony Hill Assisted Living Facility, Manpower, Dr. Lee Carter, William E Webb D. D. S., First Bank, Bethel University, City Drug, West and West Attorneys, Volunteer Home Care, Watson Lumber Company, Preferred Compounding, Home Medical Products, King and Thompson Law Office, Huntingdon General Surgery-Dr. Calphor Carty, Huntingdon Medical Associates- Baptist Medical Group-Dr. Steve Williamson, Katherine Bullock, NP, Jill Bennett, NP, Republic Doors, Stafford Real Estate and Auction, McKenzie Banner, and Carroll News Leader. Corporate Sponsors are McKenzie Regional Hospital, Town of Huntingdon, Mallards, Keeton Law Office, City of Clarksburg, and Mi Pueblito. Our Gold Sponsors are Carroll Bank and Trust & Carroll Financial and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Huntingdon. Huntingdon Animal Clinic is our Platinum Sponsor. Friends of Relay for 2017 are City of McKenzie, Bank of Gleason, Tower Support Services, Huntingdon Termite and Pest Control, Maddox Insurance, Airgas of Union City, and The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center.
Photos by Joel Washburn/The Banner