Though exact numbers weren’t available Saturday, Whitis observed that it was one of the most well-attended Relay for Life events the county has had. Fitting, since it’s a big year for the festivities.
Being as this is the 100th year for ACS, it’s a particularly special occasion for Relay for Life around the country, and Pulaski County presented the organization with a sweet birthday gift in the form of $137,000 total raised by 75 different teams.
“If you buy a cupcake, hot dog, or water, nobody makes a profit,” said Whitis. “Every penny goes to ACS.”
That’s even with a number of local businesses with teams, about 50 of which lined up their booths around the stadium’s track. Of course, things kick off with a survivor’s march around that same loop, signaling that cancer survivors just keep on truckin’ through life.
“We have several newly-diagnosed survivors here for the first time,” said Whitis on Friday night. “I think (the event) has given them a lot of hope and strength to get through their treatments.”
Whitis said a number of those who helped found Relay for Life in Pulaski County still participate even today, and it’s meaningful and crucial to do them proud by making Relay for Life a magical time each and every year.
“It’s about remembering those who have passed away, and fighting back as a community,” she said, “The committee, the sponsors, everyone has done a remarkable job this year. It’s just an awesome event.”