EASLEY — Relay for Life 2014 kicked off its campaign for the year and is looking to gain momentum as the year goes on.
“We’ve had some more team sign up since the first of the year,” Lois Porter, an organizer with Relay for Life, said. “We’ve had as many as 33 teams in the past and every year the number of teams always grows as we get near the day of the walk.”
The walk itself is scheduled for May 2 at the old Liberty High School football stadium. A survivors’ dinner beforehand will begin around 6 p.m. The walk will begin at 7 p.m. and last until 1 a.m.
Monday night’s kickoff festivities at the Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library in Easley featured a drop-in with food and a community minded atmosphere. Those wishing to enter a team into the fund-raising event were able to at the event, and just as with those who register online, received information packets teaching the ins and outs of fund raising and building a team.
“We try to give as much help as we can because the teams’ successes are ours,” Porter said. “It’s important that people know what they’re doing and how to make the most impact. We also have other ways for people to get involved as well.”
Scheduled for this year’s other fundraisers are several differing options for those wanting to help including the walk. In February there will be a hockey night in Greenville specifically for raising funds for Relay. On Feb. 22 Applebee’s will host a flapjack breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 10 a.m. Tickets are $6 per person with donations appreciated.
Those wishing to buy tickets for the flapjack breakfast fundraiser can contact Katrina Anderson at 864-918-8859.
“We were really proud of the turnout for the kickoff,” Porter said. “It was a good atmosphere and everyone seemed to be upbeat about our prospects this year. There were plenty of people I recognized but there some new faces too, which is good. The staff at Kohl’s even came out to help and will be entering a team as well.”
Although there is no cure, there’s still optimism.
“My sister and I are both cancer survivors,” Porter said. “Seeing people so involved gives a lot of other people hope.”
For more information or to enter a team, contact the American Cancer Society or local Relay for Life chapter.