American Cancer Society officials announced this week that the Bryan County Relay for Life raised more than $60,000 to help in the fight against cancer.
The annual event was held Friday night from 7 to 10:30 p.m. in J.F. Gregory Park and featured live local entertainment, including several school chorus groups, to keep the hundreds of participants entertained.
According to ACS official and event spokesperson Mandy Parsons, more than 350 walkers marched their way around the park track during the three-and-a-half-hour event.
“I think everyone had a great time,” she said. “The crowds were a little smaller than usual but everyone was very enthusiastic.”
The survivors lap started at 7 p.m. and featured those who have beaten cancer or who are currently battling it. It was an emotional walk for many of the survivors who considered themselves lucky to be alive.
“It is inspiring to see the survivors walk around the track,” Parsons said. “Cancer affects almost everyone and seeing them walk lets people know that cancer can be beat.”
The oldest cancer survivor was 77-year-old David Cone, a Pembroke resident.
For more information or to make a donation, contact Parsons at (912) 355-1378. Parsons can also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.