Bob Sprague, a cancer survivor and one of this year’s Relay for Life planners, said the event, which was set for early May, was thrown off schedule when a bad storm hit as participants set up.
“Our May 9th event was almost entirely set up, ready for a 6 p.m. kickoff, when we were hit by a strong windstorm and a downpour,” Sprague said. “We lost several team displays and the football field was so flooded as to make movement a challenge, especially for those in active cancer treatment, who we focus on.”
Sprague said organizers had to call off the event and decided to hold a makeup June 13, from 6 p.m. to midnight.
The event will take place at Woodstock High School, at 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive, Woodstock.
Despite the weather setback, Sprague said the event is still expected to be a success.
The goal of Relay for Life is to show support for those battling cancer and for cancer survivors. It also raises money to help people impacted by the disease and funds research to improve cancer treatment.
“We have remarkable success so far,” Sprague said last week, “having exceeded $206,000 toward our $280,000 goal, without having been able to conduct the signature event as scheduled.”
Generally, Relay for Life features an overnight relay run/walk to represent the fact cancer doesn’t sleep, but Sprague said the weather threw off some aspects of the event.
Sprague said the Relay for Life program will be adjusted accordingly to fit the new date.
“Unfortunately, we will not be going overnight anymore, and final ceremonies will be at midnight,” he explained.
Although the program is a bit different than originally planned, Sprague invited community members to come out and enjoy the evening, and at the same time, help raise money for cancer research and support.
Another way to support Relay for Life is by purchasing and displaying a purple bow at home or work, organizers said. Purple is the Relay for Life’s official color.
Bows can be purchased for $10, and proceeds will go to help cancer research and survivor support through the American Cancer Society.
For more information, or to purchase a bow, email Robin White at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (404) 990-5279.