Darren Doyle, story
Laney Meredith, Scott Lindsey, photos
Several hundred people came out to ECHS last night for the annual Edmonson County Relay For Life to fight cancer and help the American Cancer Society. Normally held at the ECHS football field, the event was moved into the gym due to rainy weather, but it didn't keep folks from having a good time while raising money for a wonderful cause.
Participants were busy all through the night with events like cake walks, all sorts of games, live music from Black Gold, and local realtor and auctioneer Alan Kepple led a basket auction.
The event was opened up by prayer from Anthony Cobb, grandfather of Relay For Life Chairperson Haley Miller, then the National Anthem was sung by ECHS senior Laney Meredith.
Guest speaker was Blake Alexander, who discussed losing his brother, Jacob Irwin to cancer a few years ago when Jacob was a high school senior at Edmonson County.
The survivors, their caregivers, and families were then recognized as they took their ceremonial lap around the gym in the "Survivor's Walk," to a standing ovation from all in attendance.
Relay For Life Committee Member and our own WildcatsLive Broadcaster Scott Lindsey said the event is always very moving and means so much. "We relay each year to remember the loved ones and friends lost and to honor the survivors that are still battling that give us hope," he said. "We also do this to fight back against that cowardly disease called cancer."
The total for Friday night's events was $34,016.28, but more was expected to trickle in over the next few days. Lindsey said simply saying thanks didn't seem to be enough. "All the workers on the committee put so much work and time into making this happen each and every year. We also want to thank our ACS sponsor Molly Embry for all her support."
He also mentioned each team and team captain. "Their hard work raises much need funds for research," he said. "We also want to thank our special guests that took part in our programs, as well as everyone who came out to last night's events. I was a great night for Relay."