HAMLET — Although the goal hasn’t quite yet been reached, this year’s Relay for Life brought in about one-third of the target amount.
More than 2,500 participants walked around the parking lot of Cole Auditorium May 4 for Relay for Life. It’s a team fundraising event where members take turns walking around a track or designated path for a period of six to 24 hours.
Cameron Whitley, senior community development manager with the American Cancer Society, said about 30 teams from Richmond County — including schools, businesses, churches and family and friends — came out to support the cause.
“These teams set up ‘campsites’ at the event and hosted on-site fundraisers,” she said. “The event was fun and festive and filled with people who want to make a difference in the fight against cancer.”
The relay started at 6 p.m. and lasted until midnight. At the conclusion of the event, teams raised more than $20,000 bringing Richmond County’s annual total to $60,000. Whitley said they aren’t done raising money, with a goal set for $68,000, and people can still donate.
“It’s an incredible accomplishment showcasing the hard work of so many individuals in our community,” she said.
Money raised from the event will go to the American Cancer Society to help with research, prevention, detection, education and patient support.
“I am so grateful for all of the volunteers, sponsors and individuals who work so hard to make this event a success,” she said. “The American Cancer Society would not be able to make a difference in the fight against cancer without the generosity of these individuals.”
For answers on cancer related questions, visit cancer.org or contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.