THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
This year’s Relay for Life will have a “fairytale” theme.
The 2014 Relay for Life co-chairs, Lauren Edmondson and Caroline Craft, announced the theme: “Happily ever after: Making the fairy tale of a cure come true” at a 2014 Relay kickoff party Monday evening.
“We feel like adults and kids can relate to the fairytale story,” Edmondson said. “Everybody loves a fairytale and we want to take the fairytale of a cure and turn it into a reality.”
Edmondson also thought the fairytale theme would tie into last year’s theme, “If you wish upon a star, a cure for cancer can’t be far.”
“There’s not a person that hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way…and we haven’t found a cure,” said Susan New, Relay 2013 co-chair. “I don’t think anybody’s willing to stop until we find a cure.”
Monday’s meeting was both a kickoff for this year’s Relay and a wrap-up celebration from last year’s Relay.
Patricia Earnhardt Tyndall, senior community manager for the American Cancer Society’s Greenville office, thanked Edgecombe County for its continued support through Relay.
“You are saving lives. I have no doubt about it,” Tyndall said. “Edgecombe County is out there with every patient and every family dealing with the battle against cancer…When women go to ‘Look Good, Feel Better,’ you are changing their lives. When patients stay at Hope Lodge, Relayers are changing their lives. When patients are receiving chemotherapy treatment that was discovered because of ACS funding, Relayers are there, because it’s those Relay dollars that funded that research.”
Hope Lodge is a facility in Greenville where patients and their caregivers can stay for free while they are undergoing cancer treatment.
“Look Good, Feel Better” is a program designed to promote a positive self-image for women with breast cancer.
New announced the amount raised at last year’s Relay.
“We raised $165,971 and don’t forget the 71 cents,” she said.
Last year’s goal was $197,200, but New said Edgecombe County Relay should be proud of the funds raised, given the area’s high unemployment rates.
The goal for corporate sponsors was $33,000, and the actual amount raised was $23,700.
The team goal was 51. A total of 38 teams participated in last year’s Relay.
“That 38 teams worked hard and made everyone proud,” New said. “We are Edgecombe County Relay and we are proud of who we are.”
Stephen Eason, 2013 Relay co-chair, also expressed his pride in the county’s Relay for Life.
“Edgecombe County is the flagship of Relays. We are,” he said. “It is because of each one of you that we are going to continue to be at the top.”
Relay has been going strong in Edgecombe County for 17 years.
New talked about the close bond she had formed with fellow Relayers.
“There is such a warm spirit among Edgecombe County Relayers and it’s not just at Relay. It goes on all year long,” New said.
Early bird registration at half price for this year’s Relay for Life is available until Sept. 30 at HYPERLINK "http://www.relayforlife.org" www.relayforlife.org. Enter the discount code “relay.” Relay will be held May 2-3.