More than 50 teams will flock to Lincolnton Middle School Friday for Lincoln County’s second Relay for Life celebration this spring.
The event is set to include more than twice as many civic groups, churches, schools and businesses as last month’s East Lincoln gathering in Denver.
With the goal of raising money for The American Cancer Society and cancer research, the annual celebration honors those who have lost their fight with the illness as well as the individuals who have witnessed miraculous recoveries.
As of Tuesday night, area teams had raised at least $39,507.23, according to the Relay for Life website, but participants have a goal of raising that number to six figures.
From hot dog and pancake suppers to bake sales and car washes and even a special survivor dinner last month, 55 teams comprised of more than 500 participants have strived all year to collect funds for Relay.
Currently, the event’s top team is Cardinals for a Cure, headed by Team Captain Betsy Reinhardt. The group has raised more than $8,000 and topped their 2013 Relay goal by more than $1,000, according to the event website.
Following closely behind is West Lincoln High School’s team Rebels with a Cause, which has also already surpassed their $8,000 goal and is now targeting $10,000 in donations, Rebels Team Captain and West Lincoln teacher Lindsey Beam said.
The group got creative in how they wanted to raise money this year, holding a “Rock-A-Thon” for one of their fundraisers, in which team members rocked in rocking chairs all night, Beam said.
The team has grown tremendously over the last year in terms of participants and support, raising just $1,000 the students’ initial Relay event three years ago.
Beam’s husband Johnathan, 28, was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 25 but is now in remission.
“He shows me what hope is every day,” Beam said on her team’s personal Relay for Life page.
From breast to brain to liver and lung, no two cancer struggles or survivors are the same. Each one has a unique story to tell the community about their victorious battle and the family, friends or faith that helped them along the way.
The event will commence 6 p.m. Friday at Lincolnton Middle School, located at 2361 Startown Road in Lincolnton, and conclude Saturday morning.
For more information on Lincolnton Relay for Life or to donate or form a team, contact Julie Pearson at email@example.com (704) 473-1268 or visit relayforlife.org.