Put on your walking shoes and get ready! Relay for Life, the annual cancer fundraiser, is right around the corner. Wednesday the Lauderdale County Relay Committee along with the American Cancer Society kicked off its 10th year in a place where relay is no ordinary event.
"Relay for Life is big stuff in Meridian, we are the top relay in the Mid-South Division which is a six state area," Betty Lou Jones told the crowd at Union Station on Wednesday.
Just last year this county's relay raised over $350,000; this year's goal is $400,000. Part of that money comes from sponsors, organizations and businesses that donate $10,000 or more. WTOK-TV is proud to be one of them.
"Sponsors gives us credibility, with the community, with the community. It allows us to bring in more stuff, the sponsors allow us to use their money as seed money and encourage other team members in our relay," said Wayne Herrington, President of the Lauderdale County Cancer society.
In just over four months, hundreds will descend on Ray Stadium for the annual relay, and just as the theme suggest, this year’s fundraiser has been ten years in the making.
"In our 10th year we decided to call it our 'Relay Re-Union’. We wanted to bring back everyone and anyone who has participated in this event over the past several years," said 2004 Relay Chair Becky Vance.
The first team captains meeting will be Thursday, March 4 at 5:30 in the Jeff Anderson Regional Hospital cafeteria. The main event will be June 11 at Ray Stadium. The fight against cancer, as some have said, is not a sprint, nor a marathon, but a relay for our “Relay for Life.”