Harrogate, Tenn. - Thanks to hundreds of dedicated individuals and generous contributors, organizers of the recent Relay For Life in Claiborne County are reporting a successful event that raised over $62,000 for the American Cancer Society. The event was held August 26 at Harrogate City Park.
"We have an extremely loving and giving community in Claiborne County," said Cindy Stephenson, Relay For Life chair. "On behalf of the more than 9 million Americans alive today with a history of cancer, I want to thank everyone who played a role in our success."
Nearly 40 cancer survivors kicked off the event by leading the first lap of the overnight event. Following the opening lap, 22 teams participated by staying on the track relay-style for the 12-hour event. At night, luminaria lined the track in honor of those living with cancer and in memory of those who lost their battle with the disease. A moving ceremony recognized and remembered those who have been touched by cancer.
Several awards were given to recognize outstanding achievement by participants and teams. Awards for Best Campsite, Most Spirit and Most Money Raised went to Team Giles (Giles Industries of Tazewell). Voted as having Best Concession was the team Claiborne County Home Care.
For more information about Relay For Life, contact the American Cancer Society toll-free anytime at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.