Relay for Life to host survivor celebration

By Emily Pitts


The annual Relay for Life in May was, as usual, a big event, and although the rain could not dampen the spirits of those who attended, it did cause some of the main events to be postponed. Now, event organizers are planning a survivor celebration to make up for what had to be cancelled at this year’s Relay.

Because of heavy rain and thunderstorm warnings at the earlier Relay for Life, both the survivor victory lap around the track at the park and the lighting of the luminaries in honor or in memory of those who have dealt with cancer had to be cancelled.

“Everyone was discouraged the night of Relay because the weather didn’t cooperate and the survivor celebration had to be postponed,” said Sandra Whitten, co-chair of Relay for Life. “But we are looking forward to a good crowd at this event to help us celebrate the survivors.”

The celebration will take place on August 27 and instead of being at the park, will be held at the McNairy County Courthouse. 

“It’s smaller, so we thought it might be better,” said Sandy Tucker, the other co-chair of the event. “Since we have our teams, we usually don’t get to set up there, but it is so pretty.”

According to Tucker, there may be a few teams at this month’s event, in addition to the musical entertainment and food.

Survivor registration begins at 6:30 p.m., with the victory walk around the courthouse starting around 7 p.m. The luminaries, which were purchased in honor or memory of those who have battled cancer, will line the court square and will be lit at dusk.

Tucker earlier told the Independent Appeal that they honored over 100 survivors at the 2010 event and hope to have at least that many attend this year. All cancer survivors, care-takers, family members and friends are encouraged to attend the event, which will most likely last until about 9:30 p.m.

“We just want to honor our survivors and those that we’ve lost,” said Tucker.

Each day, 91 people are diagnosed with cancer in Tennessee, according to Tucker. She encourages anyone who wants answers about cancer to contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

For more information about the survivor celebration, contact Tucker or Whitten at (731) 632-1255.