Getting ready for Relay for Life

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On Thursday, April 3, the Relay for Life committee held its annual survivor dinner at the Sea Island Presbyterian Church. More than 100 Beaufort area survivors and their caregivers attended the event. Dukes BBQ and Relay for Life committee members Pat Porter and Pat Garvin donated the meal. The wonderful entertainment was provided by the Sweetgrass Angels with the crowd joining in enthusiastically over the course of the evening. Beaufort High School MCJROTC did a wonderful color guard presentation.

The guest speakers were Amy Luce, Breast Nurse Navigator for Beaufort Memorial Hospital; and Heather Lanning, American Cancer Society Staff Partner. The survivors and caregivers were honored by this year’s co-chairs Christy Cerny and Beth Woodring.

The Relay for Life event will be held Saturday, April 26 at Beaufort High School from noon to midnight and will be packed full of things to do. There will be a Kidswalk this year as well, for the first time in the Beaufort area.  DJ Wes will be there to help with the entertainment. There is still time to register a team and the Kidswalk has their own team sign up. Please visit www.relayforlife.org and place the 29902 zip code in to be taken directly to the Beaufort event page.

Also, as cancer does not take a vacation, there will be different Relay events throughout the year to help raise funds. The first is a tri-county (Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton) golf tournament to be held on June 21. Also coming up will be a Motorcycle Poker Run, fishing tournament, Bark for Life, Chili Cookoff and a Wine Tasting/Art Show — look for more information on these events coming soon.

Contact the local American Cancer Society office at 843-757-7450 for more information.