• Cancer survivors will be honored at White County’s Relay for Life. (File photo/Wayne Hardy)

A Fight to Save Lives

Relay for Life fundraiser to support cure for cancer set for Friday at Truett McConnell

The community is invited to a celebration of life and to join the fight against cancer at White County’s annual Relay for Life, set for Friday, May 17, at Truett McConnell University.

“Relay For Life volunteers have been tirelessly working to put together another great event this year,” said Cameron Lopez, community development manager for White County Relay for Life. “We are excited to create new memories at our new location, Truett McConnell University.”

Relay For Life teams and sponsors have raised a total of $55,727.30 toward a $93,000 goal thus far, she said.

“We’re looking forward to meeting that goal for 2019 and being able to make such a huge contribution to the fight against cancer,” Lopez said. “All our efforts support the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.”

The event has touched many in the community, as cancer survivors or friends, family or caregivers of those stricken with the disease, and as those who rally to support the cause.

Faye Suaava said she first got involved in Relay for Life as someone who had lost family members to cancer. After getting to know others involved in the event, it took on new meaning.

“I quickly realized they were like another family. They battle this disease together, they work together, they pray together, but most of all they love one another,” Suaava said. “Our Relay family has lost a lot of people over the years, but we also are seeing more and more survivors, which tells me the money we are raising is making a difference. We are funding a cure.”

Suaava said she is touched by the determination, strength, courage and unwavering faith demonstrated by the survivors. It’s because of them and their caregivers that many on the event committee are involved, she said.

“We are called to serve one another in this world, and who better to serve, than these true warriors,” Suaava said. “Through them and through this Relay family, God continues to bless me more than I deserve.”

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. A special cancer survivor recognition will take place at 7 p.m., and a luminary ceremony will be at 9 p.m. Local entertainment will be featured throughout the evening until midnight.

Relay for Life is a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.

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