The walk will last all night long until 7 a.m. on Saturday. No one individual has to walk for 12 consecutive hours — just one team member from each team is expected to.
”Cancer never sleeps, so for one night, we’re not going to either,” said Katie Crispin, income manager with the American Cancer Society.
The North Anderson Relay for Life will be the fourth chapter in Anderson County. The other three are held at Pendleton, Westside and Belton-Honea Path high schools.
Joe Schmo’s sponsored the survivorship banquet, which will be held that same evening from 5-6 p.m. at the football stadium.
Wes Porter, the co-chair of the North Anderson Relay for Life chapter, said 100 invitations have already been issued. The only eligibility requirement to attend is to be a cancer survivor. Porter said survivors can show up the evening before the banquet. They can also call Porter at 277-4045 or Rhonda Childress at 845-5615 for more information.
“We remember those we’ve lost who have gone before us, and we fight back against this disease that already takes so much from us,” Crispin said.
Relay has life has chapters in more than 5,000 communities in the United States and in 20 countries. Last year alone, it raised about $400 million. “It’s amazing what the American Cancer Society does from a local level all the way to a national level,” Porter said.
For more information about the chapter, visit www.relayforlife.org/northanderson.