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Relay for Life event raises funds for American Cancer Society

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By Charlotte Underwood

Umbrellas, rain ponchos and tarps were as prevalent at this year’s Relay for Life as the event’s signature color of purple. But participants and survivors didn’t let the weather dampen their spirits as funds were raised in the community wide event.

Home cooked BBQ, hotdogs, and all the fixings along with some down home Bluegrass music made for a fun time despite the rainy weather. People tried their hand at games, put -put golf, climbing a rock wall and other various activities all aimed at raising money for cancer.

“It went well despite the weather,” said co-chair Robin Proffitt.

Proffitt said she was a little disappointed that they had not reached their fundraising goal of $67,000. But she isn’t giving up hope just yet.

“We have raised approximately $40,000, but funds are still coming in. We have until August to reach our goal,” Proffitt said. She also encouraged anyone wishing to continue with fundraising efforts to do so.

Despite the weather, there was a good turnout at the event, Proffitt said.

“Where we had longer hours, the big crowds weren’t there all at once, but they kept coming throughout the day,” Proffitt said.

People of all ages came out to the Campbell County High School Football Field to support family, friends and loved ones in the battle against cancer. Children walked the track in wet splendor, seeming to enjoy the rain much more than the adults.

Proffitt said she appreciates all the dedicated team and community members who braved the rain in order to make the event happen.

“We couldn’t have done it without them,” Proffitt said.

She also thanked all the survivors for sticking it out in the rain.

“Seeing the survivors receive their medals just shows what we’re there for; it turned out to be a great success,” Proffitt said.

Anyone wishing to continue fundraising or anyone wishing to make donations to the American Cancer Society please contact Proffitt at (865) 426-3040.