The 2018 Christian County Relay for Life brought together survivors, caretakers and those still fighting against cancer together at the Stadium of Champions Friday night and raised $89,323 for the cause.
The track was lined with luminaries in honor and remembrance of those who have lost the fight with the disease, and the paper mementos traced the length around the whole football field. Pam Futrell is an organizer of the event who is a survivor herself—both of skin and breast cancer.
She says this event lets those struggling know they are not alone and the knowledge that they have a support system really helps people fight hard.
Futrell says the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society and most of it will stay in Christian County, helping locals get the treatment they need.
This year’s them was “We Need a Hero” and many booths support superhero decorations, people dressed as superheroes and many of the attendees sported capes. People cheered and applauded as survivors announced their names and how long they have been cancer free, before taking a victory lap around the track and receiving a medal.
The night’s total for money raised was $89k, but that number is expected to grow as donations come in for the next couple of months.