Relay for Life set for Friday at North Bullitt High School

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Survivor Walk kicks off festivities at 7 p.m.

By Lyndsey Gilpin

 HEBRON ESTATES - Your feet may hurt. Your eyes might feel heavy. You may be drenched from rain, sweating from humidity, or shivering from a wind chill. But you won’t stop walking, no matter the conditions. Because the night symbolizes the fight against cancer; the fight that patients can’t simply quit. 

The annual Relay for Life fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society  will take place from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Friday, May 20, at North Bullitt High School. 

At 5 p.m. a reception for cancer survivors and caregivers will be held in the cafeteria. They will receive a free dinner, T-shirt, and a medallion. 

“This time is a reunion for many people,” Tony Lee, the logistics chair for Relay for Life, said. “And they all handle it differently.”

Whatever way they handle it, the reception is an emotional time. 

After the reception, the survivors will head to the track and take their “Survivor Lap.” 

Vehicles are available to take those who can’t walk around the track. The caregivers, whether they be a spouse, family member, or friend, walk the next lap. After that, the teams can begin their laps. 

Over 400 invitations were sent out to cancer survivors, but teams are able to register for the relay up until the last minute. 

“Those without teams, whether their lives have been affected by cancer or not, are encouraged to attend the ceremonies and walk a lap around the track.” said event chair Sherry Lee. 

About 52 teams have signed up already, which is about average. Most of the teams are sponsored by the county schools. The committee for Relay has been preparing since October. 

“It really is a year-long process,” Tony said. He gathers the information for the teams for months before setting up the actual event the week before the relay. 

Last year, $188,057 was raised for the American Cancer Society. This year, the goal is $195,000. Many businesses donate in other ways; the DJ plays for free, food is donated and smaller businesses donate door prizes.  

“The community really comes together for this one fundraiser,” Sherry said. 

The committee is always looking for volunteers, sponsors, and more people to donate or walk the track. The event website (www.relayforlife.org/bullitt) offers more information about participating. 

For anyone who attends or contributes, it is a night of celebration, remembrance, and hope for the future.  Visitors are always invited to come out and watch.

“As the sun comes up after the long night, it symbolizes that last treatment, that news of remission,” she added. “It’s a clear moment.”