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Annual Relay for Life huge success

Hartselle-Morgan Relay for Life fund raiser brings in 40k

Even a little rain Friday night did not put a damper on the 2015 Relay for Life main event at J.P. Cain Stadium.

Shortly before the 6 p.m. kickoff, rain began to fall, but it only lasted a few minutes.

The event began with the Survivor Walk, which is always a touching part of the event. Cancer survivors took the first lap around the area set up as the walking path for a time of celebrating their victory over cancer.

Relay for Life lead Tresa McGhee, also a cancer survivor, extended her gratitude for all who supported this event.

“Thanks to each person who participated in any way, from team members to those who made donations and those who worked behind the scenes,” McGhee said. “We could not have this event each year without your help.”

Twelve different teams participated this year, and each had their own campsite set up and decorated for their particular team. Each team also held fund raisers before and/or during the event to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Approximately 250-300 team members and supporters attended the event. There were various choices of food and snacks available for attendees. Team members also participated in a corn hole tournament and volleyball games. The younger ones in attendance enjoyed the inflatables that were available as well.

After dark, the lights were turned off in the stadium and the luminaries surrounding the walking track begin to shine brightly. Sky lanterns were lit and allowed to rise into the night sky in honor of a cancer victim or in memory of one affected by cancer.

Friends and family watched in silence as the lanterns were carried into the dark sky, rising higher and higher until the light could no longer be seen.

Several bands also volunteered their time to entertain those who attended the event. The Cains, Uncommon Core, The Ben Parker Project and 5ive’s a Crowd, a group of students from Hartselle High School, performed during the evening. Several young dancers and twirlers also entertained for the crowds as well.

The annual event and pre-event fund raisers raised  more than $40,000 all of which will go to he American Cancer Society to aid in the continuing battle against cancer.

Cancer survivor and Relay for Life event committee member Nannette Miller, her husband Frank and grandson Miller Raab, walk the track.| Randy Garrison
Cancer survivor and Relay for Life event committee member Nannette Miller, her husband Frank and grandson Miller Raab, walk the track.| Randy Garrison
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