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Getting Ready to Relay

Each year Colleton County holds Relay for Life, an event to honor those whose lives have been affected by cancer. The event draws major crowds each year and preparations have been made for this year’s event. The Colleton County Relay for Life will be held Friday, May 19, at Colleton County Middle School track. Opening ceremonies will begin at 5:00 p.m. and the Survivor Walk will begin at 7:00 p.m. The annual event often was 12 hours, however, this year and a few years past the event will conclude at 3:00 a.m., weather permitting. This year’s event has a total of 38 teams, who have been working to raise money for the American Cancer Society and will set up camp in the center of the track during the night of the event. The Relay for Life committee has list of exciting entertainment in store for the event:
Activities to be held – RELAY FOR LIFE – 2017 ENTERTAINMENT
5:00 p.m. – Colleton County High School Chorus – thru 6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – Jayla Jackson and Shinara Grant – Singing – “I am a Fighter”
6:30 p.m. – High Jump Cheer Dance Co.
7:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
8:30 p.m. – Silent Auction
9:00 p.m. – Luminary Service
10:00 p.m. – Music by DJ thru end of Relay
Over the past year, the Relay for Life Committee and teams have been hosting various events and fundraisers. “There were different fundraisers throughout the last few months,” according to Head Co-Chairman Gregory Rosso, “but there are two Golf Tournaments in the making, the first is on Saturday, May 27th.” Rosso wants to encourage everyone to attend the event as this event proves to be an unforgettable event, “If you’ve never been to a Relay for Life event, please come see this unforgettable service,” Rosso said, “our Luminary Chairperson, Cheryl Murdaugh, her family and church family have for years put on a very memorable program.” For this year, the Relay For Life Committee Members are: Gregory Rosso, Marilyn Bazzle, Sherry Devin, Carol Haun, Wendy Pollitzer, Al Miller, Sharon Bailey, Cheryl Murdaugh, Debbie Beach, Thelma Hudson, Jamie Bryan, Matthew Bryan, Jan Canady, Ernest Canady, Catherine Chisolm, Mitchell Bryan, Linda Hudson, and Troy Smoak. The committee is instrumental in the logistics of each relay, as well as teams, and the community who attends. On behalf of the committee Rosso wanted to say, “A big thanks goes out to the Colleton County Middle School for once again hosting the 2017 American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Colleton County and also the Colleton County Sheriff’s Department for making the Relay for Life a safe environment for all those in attendance.” This is Rosso’s first year as Head Co-Chairman, a seat he shares with longtime Relay for Life volunteer, Marilyn Bazzle. The reason that individuals choose to volunteer with Relay for Life varies but for Rosso he relays for several family members who have been affected by cancer. “I Relay for my sister-in-law who is a 20 plus year breast cancer survivor, my 30 year old niece who is a 10 year survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, my 30 year old nephew who is a survivor of a brain tumor, for Carol Haun’s brother who recently passed away with lung cancer, and I Relay for all the survivors here in Colleton County and for all those who succumbed to this awful disease,” Rosso said.

Amye Stivender (201 Posts)