Port St. Joe Relay for Life raises $40,000

Relay for Life

Luminaria bags spelled out “hope” in the bleachers.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 09:25 AM.

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.

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