Drizzle doesn't dampen Relay
Melissa Cason, Franklin County Times
The growing crowd began to quiet down as the sounds of our National Anthem echoed through RHS stadium Friday night. It was a sign that this year's Relay For Life was underway.
Cancer survivors walked the first lap to signify their triumph over the disease. Savannah Davis was recognized as the county's youngest cancer survivor.
Davis was diagnosed with a tumor at the age of 11 months. She underwent extensive surgery and 18 weeks of treatment to be cancer free at age three, her mother told a group of people.
This year's Relay raised approximately $110,000 even though the teams were reporting to have had a slow year with fundraisers.
"This year it seems we have been a little behind," Franklin County Relay Committee Chairperson James Woodall said. "But next year I expect to have a lot more tents with new teams on the field."
As the sky began to turn a deep blue, the time came to remember those who lost their fight with the disease and to honor those who are still fighting the battle.
The sounds of bagpipes playing Amazing Grace echoed throughout the stadium as the candles were lit.
In addition to the regular gold and white luminaries, a new luminary was introduced this year. The Torch of Hope was available for purchase with a $100 or more donation.
"We had 20 torches this year, and we hope to sell more next year," said the American Cancer Society's Beth Faulkner.
There will be a wrap up awards dinner for all Relay Teams Thursday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Russellville.
Awards such as best campsite will be given away at the wrap up party.