“It’s not about the dollar amount we raise,” said Relay Co-Chair Dannye Wagner through tears of pride and joy to the closing ceremony audience. “Every dollar we bring in goes to new research, new treatments and drugs. You have helped all of us- friends, family and neighbors. We know we have spent a year on this project and have all done the best we can do.”
Twenty-four hours earlier, Relay organizers and participants watched ominous clouds in the northern sky materialize into a brief sprinkle. The power outage disrupted live music and delayed opening ceremonies for several minutes. Master of Ceremonies Matt Ledford attributed the blackout to a damaged Pennyrile Electric power transformer.
Wagner said, “We have a 24-hour Relay to take one day out of our lives to honor the survivors who live with cancer every day of their lives. We have a little Relay city set up for people to camp and hold activities. Twenty-two teams are participating this year. The walk begins with the survivor’s lap and ends with a victory lap of all of our teams. This year, we have a beach them for the Relay.”
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