Anson County Relay for Life held its kickoff ceremony on Jan. 26.
Children with the Rocky River Baptist Church Children’s Choir, led by Jennifer Lee, performed for the small crowd on the town square, singing, “My Life is in You,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Be Bold.”
Volunteers operated a table, helping supporters sign up on a team.
So far, there are five teams, ranging from one individual to 20 people.
“The great thing about Relay for Life is that you can be on a one-person to 40-person team,” Cameron Whitley, a representative with the American Cancer Society, said. “There’s no limit.”
As of Jan. 26, $1,500 had been raised, Whitley said. The goal is $31,000.
Last year, there were about 14 teams, and a little over the $30,000 goal was raised, according to Whitley and volunteer Amy Turner.
This year, they hope to have 20 teams sign up.
“We would take more if they would come,” Whitley said, adding that 20 is a realistic goal.
While teams can sign up even on the day of the Relay for Life event, Whitley and Turner encourages those interested to sign up early so they can begin fundraising.
The Relay for Life will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 19 at Anson High School.
The event will begin with an opening ceremony.
“Whether someone’s been diagnosed for 10 days or been cancer-free for 10 years, they gather together for the crowd to cheer them on,” according to the event website. They can then participate in the survivors’ lap. Following that will be the caregivers’ lap.
A luminaria ceremony will be held before the closing ceremony.
For more information or to sign up, visit the Facebook page, Relay for Life of Anson County or visit relayforlife.org, hit ‘Join a Relay’ and search for the Anson event. Those interested can also contact Cameron Whitley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-552-6147.
Reach reporter Imari Scarbrough at 704-994-5471 and follow her on Twitter @ImariScarbrough.