The 2015 Chambers County Relay for Life is starting to take shape as the scheduled event date of May 15 gets closer and closer.
The annual fundraiser benefits the American Cancer Society and gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.
Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries take part in Relay for Life and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.
This year’s Chambers County Relay will take place in downtown Lanett. It’s the fourth different location for the event in the past five years. It was held in West Points last year, and was at the Chambers County Agricultural Park in LaFayette in 2013 and 2012. Prior to that it was held at Ram Stadium in Valley.
American Cancer Society staff partner Sarah Herren has expressed optimism with this year’s host site. She says it will allow easier access for cancer survivors.
Another change this year is moving the date earlier. It had traditionally been held during June, when the temperatures are higher. Moving it back to May will provide more comfort for survivors.
The theme for this year’s Relay is “Hope Through the Decades.” Teams participating are encouraged to decorate their tents and displays to reflect decades from the past.
The Relay will begin at 5 pm CST on May 15 and will end at 11 pm. In the past, the Relay has been a 12-hour event, but according to Herren, the new time, “will allow participants who would have typically gone home to see our closing ceremony with our grand total and team awards.”
The annual Survivors Dinner will take place on the same day at the actual Relay at 4 pm CST at Lanett Church of Christ.
The fundraising goal for this year’s Relay is $75,000. More that 70 percent of the funds raised will go directly to cancer research.
Herren said that the American Cancer Society served nearly 200 Chambers County residents in some way last year and Relay helps fund those services, which include lodging for family members on overnight hospital stays for cancer patients.
For more information or to get involved in this year’s Relay contact Herren at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-444-0894.