Relay North Anderson co-director Wes Porter said that the final tally isn’t in yet, but they definitely raised more than the goal of $40,000. According to the chapter’s web page, it had 24 teams, 389 participants, and about $44,000. Those numbers aren’t official yet.
Participants weren’t swayed when early rainfall caused the walk to be delayed slightly.
“Everyone just jumped in their tents and hung on, and we did well,” Porter said.
Katie Crispin, an income manager with the American Cancer Society, described it as an “amazing first-year event.”
She said the walk will be in the running for the statewide “Rookie of the Year” events.
Porter said about 50 cancer survivors attended the survivors banquet before the walk, and about 50 more attended as guests.
He also said he was “impressed” at how much the community donated.
“I won’t say that I was surprised, because I always felt that we would meet our goal from Day One,” he said.
It was the first Relay for Life event hosted at Wren High School, and organizers plan to hold it every year. Rhonda Childress, a Piedmont resident who had organized Relay for Life walks at Belton-Honea Path, founded the Relay walk, the fourth now in Anderson County.
Porter said he was thankful to Wren High School, which hosted the event at its football stadium.
“I certainly have to give a shout out to Wren High School,” he said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better host.”