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5/20/2019 2:42:00 PM
Relay For Life Celebrates 25 Years
Photos Courtesy Kirk Herbertson

Photos Courtesy Kirk Herbertson

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Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

They came for the Survivors Dinner, the Survivors & Caregivers Lap, the Bug Run, the Luminaria ceremony--and all the other things that make up a Relay for Life.  It was the 25th anniversary of the Lincolnton Relay and this year, the East Lincoln Relay joined in for a single location evening. 

They ate hot dogs and hamburgers and ice cream--sold to raise more money for the cause.  They lit the luminaries and marched around the track at the Lincolnton High School stadium.  It was an evening of fun for a cause--raising money for the fight against cancer. 

The event itself is just a part of the effort--seeking to raise money for the American Cancer Society. 

Relay For Life began in May 1985 when colorectal surgeon, Dr. Gordy Klatt, wanted to raise awareness of cancer and boost the income of his local cancer charity in Tacoma, Washington. Since then, Relay For Life has become the largest fundraising event for cancer in the world.

There are many walks or runs for various charities, but Relay adds an evening of entertainment, food, games & more.  The Bug Run, started in 2010 by the local chapter of the Carolina Faith Riders, a Christian Motorcycle Ministry, is just one of the unique activities of Relay.  Motorcyclists made a contribution to participate and competed for prizes.  

In addition to raising money for ACS, the luminaria sales remember victims of cancer and honor survivors, caregivers, and others.  The cans of food used to hold the luminaries in place are then donated to Christian Ministry.  

John Dancoff and Robin Griffin, chairs of the Lincolnton and East Lincoln Relays, said they were pleased with the joint venture this year:  "Thank you to the volunteers--including but not limited to committee members, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, team captains, team members, friends and family--for helping us put on this event.  Special thanks to Bosch, our main corporate sponsor this year, and to the other industries and businesses who did so much to help." 

The Lincolnton & East Lincoln Relay for Life event is but one of many in our area.  Gastonia held its Relay on May 3rd.  Shelby, like Lincoln County, held its on Saturday.  The Catawba Valley Relay is set for 7 PM Friday May 31st at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds.  

Even if you missed Relay, your help is still appreciated.  "We'll be accepting contributions toward this year's goal of $100,000 until early Fall," Dancoff told us.  "The ACS has made some real progress in helping people to celebrate more birthdays.  In addition to research, they provide other services to help cancer victims.  Your donation will be put to good use."

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