By Tia Lynn Ivey managinig editor
The annual Relay for Life festival was hit last Saturday, raising over $5,000, bringing the annual fundraising total up to $38,913, just shy of the yearly goal of $40,000. With 22 teams registered for the event, hundreds of participants gathered to honor cancer survivors and raise money for cancer research in Town Park in Madison. According to Julie Jay, community manager for Relay for Life, was thrilled to have so many people show up to take part in the event. “There was a wonderful turnout yesterday, and even though it was very windy, it was an amazing day,” said Jay.
The Morgan County Charter School System was a big supporter of the event this year. “We are so honored that our school system is taking an active role in the Morgan County Relay for Life. Cancer has touched the lives of our students and staff and we are proud to be able to support this nationwide effort to find a cure,” said Sarah Burbach, assistant superintendent. Performers at the Relay for Life festival included: the Fare Thee Well Foundation Summer Music Camp Kids, Susanna Peppers with Caleb Williams and Logan Nation, The Good Looks, comprised of Ben Shytle, Mitchell Blanton, Justin Wren, Jeremy Wren, and Casey Long; Ty Manning and Campbell Harrison; Justin Huff Band, comprised off Justin Huff, West Wilson, Ryan Johnson and Zach Stone; String ‘n Bones, comprised of Jamie Hood, Tommy Jones, Steve Einbender, Kate Moore and Dough Morton; and Beer Bottle Rockets, comprised of Paul Reid, Bob White, Kelly Head and Tom Whitlock.
“There [was] an excellent entertainment line-up that features local Morgan county artists. It [was] a beautiful day and we [had] the community come out to join us as we honored our survivors, remembered those that we have lost to cancer, and fought back against this dreaded disease!” But Relay for Life isn’t through yet. The fundraising efforts will continue on with more local events. Bark for Life will be held on Saturday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bill Wood Park and The Morgan County Elementary School (MCES) will host their Marketplace where the students sell different things that they have made to the public on May 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “We would love to have the community join us at these events as well!” said Jay. For more information on how to participate in upcoming canine-friendly event, Bark for Life, contact Beth Bradley at (770) 377-9244.