Relay for Life Asks Community for Help

The American Cancer Society's number one fundraiser is in danger of not raising enough in Thomas County this year. Organizers of the Relay for Life say there say they're depending on the community to walk them through to their financial goal.

It may take a lot of pennies to add up to $65,000, but these kids are doing their part to help the American Cancer Society reach that goal in this year's Relay for Life.

Darlene Cook, a teacher at Hand-in-Hand Preschool, says, "It's been so wonderful to see these four-year-olds come in with pennies in their pockets or a little bag of money they're putting in our Relay for Life container, our jug for pennies."

So far the students at Hand-in-Hand have raised more than $1,300 for the event and Relay for Life organizers say they need more help like this from the community to raise the $10,000 they need to make their goal.

"This is the American Cancer Society and this is the fundraiser for them, and this money goes for research, for education, for advocacy and for patient services."

Jami Butler, a Relay for Life participant, says, "Obviously we all know or love somebody that has been touched by cancer, survivors or people we've lost because of cancer, so the research is really important."

Organizers say there's no such thing as too many participants or donations and right now they need help making their quota one step at a time.

The Thomas County Relay for Life will be held at Central Middle School's track at 6 p.m. on Friday. For more information on how you can donate or get involved, call Wendi Newberry at 229-228-1012.