The Port St. Joe Relay for Life celebrated those who survived the fight against cancer along with those who continue to fight.
Held at the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School football field, the event brought the relay total to just over $39,500 for the year. The funds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
On the beautiful Friday afternoon, the Relay started as the colors were posted by the NJROTC students from the high school and the national anthem sung by Lisa Keels.
The announcers for the relay, Event Chair Kim Kurnitsky and Jera Horton welcomed everyone and thanked the community for their outpouring of support.
Cancer survivor Amy Nobles took to the stage and shared the story of her year-and-a-half battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She hopes to soon be certified cancer-free.
Each Relay for Life event is made up of fundraising teams who sell goods and provide entertainment while a member from each must walk around a track for 18 hours, swapping out members as needed to keep someone moving at all times. Around the perimeter of the track teams sold goodies and had game to raise additional money for the American Cancer Society.
As is tradition with any Relay for Life, a group of local cancer survivors and their caregivers were on hand to take the first journey around the track in a “Survivor’s Lap.” Music for the event was provided by local band, Thirty-Three.
The traditional Luminaria ceremony took place at 9 p.m. Candles were lit inside of white paper bags, decorated to honor the memories of loved ones who lost the fight to cancer and those who continue to fight.
Teams at the event included Beach Realty, Beat It, Bridge At Bay - Saint Joe, Cadence Bank, Capital City Bank, Centennial Bank, First United Methodist Church, Gulf County Health Department, the Mexico Beach Tumor-nators, Oak Grove Church, Outlaw Cancer, Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School, Port St. Joe Schools/District, Sacred Heart Lifesavers, Super Survivors, VFW Post 10069, Waswasand Zumba for a Cure.
The event was sponsored by Progress Energy, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, Bluewater Outriggers, Piggly Wiggly, 98 Real Estate, Buy Rite Drugs and Cathey Construction.
Gulf County’s Relay for Life team had a goal of $51,000 for the year and will host additional fundraisers within the community as they work their way toward reaching it.