Warren Relay seeks community involvement

May. 01, 2014 @ 06:17 PM

WARRENTON — Once again, friends, family and community members will gather Friday and Saturday to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and remember those who have lost their lives to it.

This year organizers hope to raise $60,000 for Relay for Life in Warren County. Fundraising has yielded $24,475 so far.

The event’s opening ceremony kicks off at 6 p.m. at Warren County High School with a survivor lap around the track. Relay also includes a cancer survivor’s speech, singing and dancing performances and field games throughout the night.

The luminaria ceremony will take place at 9 p.m.

“We want everyone to have fun,” said Nikki Hastings, specialist for Relay for Life at the American Cancer Society. “We hope that everyone gets excited about it so that they will come back next year. We want to build it back out to what it use to be.”

There are 17 teams with 103 participants scheduled to walk laps around Warren High’s track this year.

Participation decreased from last year, but Hastings said she doesn’t think that will effect the event’s success.

“Warren County seems to have a great turnout every year no matter what,” Hastings said.

Participating teams include churches, schools and organizations across Warren County and surrounding areas.

As of Wednesday, Zion United Methodist Church of Norlina lead teams in donations with more than $5,000 raised.

Blossoms for a Cure’s team captain Bonnie Munn has raised the most out of all individuals — $1,816.

Hastings said donations will be accepted throughout the summer. For more information, call her at 919-334-7196.

 

Contact the writer at dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.