2018-01-10 / News

Relay For Life

DIANA ROYAL

Burke County’s Relay For Life is having new life breathed into it, and organizers are hopeful this will bring in more teams and more money for cancer research.

Jessica Posey, who serves as the event lead, said the planning committee has talked it over with themselves, with previous teams and community members, and the consensus was to change the date.

“One issue was the sweltering heat we faced by having the event in May,” Posey said. “It didn’t matter what time of day we tried – it was hot! We want Relay to be fun and enjoyable for all ages, especially for survivors and sufferers, and for those doing all the walking.”

The date, however, is not the only thing that’s changing. This year, Burke’s Relay is branching out on its own, what the American Cancer Society refers to as a Do-It-Yourself Relay.

Posey explained that the event will still fall under the ACS umbrella, but rather than employ an ACS staff person, the local planning committee will take on the endeavor on their own. “This not only means that one-hundred percent of what we raise goes to research and education, but also that what we do is more flexible. We can have concerts and multiple events now. We can go as big as we want to go,” she said, adding that supplies will still be available through the ACS just as before. “We can utilize the American Cancer Society but make our Relay unique to Burke County. It’s the best of both worlds.”

However, with the date change, Posey said, teams need to get on board as soon as possible, as Relay is just over two months away. Those wanting to register should send an email to burkecountyrelay@gmail.com. Posey may also be reached at 706.993.8179.

Last year’s Relay raised nearly $50,000 and more than 1,000 pounds of canned goods that were donated locally. This year’s goal is set at $55,000.

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