Poor weather didn’t stop those at Wewahitchka’s second annual Relay for Life event from celebrating survivors and raising close to $15,000 to fight cancer.
The “Carnival of Hope” was moved indoors to the gymnasium at the First Baptist Church but the rain didn’t keep locals from coming out to support a good cause.
“Thank you to all the teams and the committee for all of their hard work!” said Christy Husband, event chair for the Wewahitchka Relay. “Thank you to the survivors, caregivers and spectators for their support by showing up to Relay with us! Together we will continue to Celebrate, remember, and fight for a cure!”
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. Teams swap out members as needed to keep someone moving at all times.
Funds raised are donated to the American Cancer Society.
Husband was the announcer for the event and welcomed everyone to the relay.
Ashley Lister Forehand, the team development chair gave a passionate thank you to those in attendance and after the colors were posted, Morgan Mayhann sang the National Anthem.
Husband introduced brain cancer survivor, Ryan Teall, who shared his story with the crowd.
As is tradition with 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.”
Non-stop music was provided by DJ Byron Barlow to keep the energy levels high throughout the many hours that followed.
As team members walked around the track, events took place in the center including a self-defense demonstration from the Port St. Joe Karate School, a live cake auction, and the traditional Luminaria Ceremony.
The ceremony is scheduled at each relay event for 9 p.m. Candles are lit inside white paper bags, decorated to honor the memories of loved ones who lost the fight to cancer and those who continue to fight.
Around the perimeter of the track teams sold goodies and had games to raise additional money for the American Cancer Society.
Team included the Hopeful Clowns, Sassy Sisters, Mekena’s Hope, the Wewahitchka High School Cheerleaders, the WHS Student Government Association and Anitra Mayhann Photography.
Husband said, “They dedicated themselves with meetings and fundraising all year.”
The next Relay for Life event will take place on April 26 in Port St. Joe at the high school football field. The theme will be the Monopoly board game and festivities will begin at 6 p.m. ET. Anyone interested in participating in in the 2014 event on the committee, as a volunteer or as a survivor can call Christy Husband at 850-639-2252.