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This Friday Brunswick Countians of all ages, races and backgrounds will come together for a common cause—to fight back against cancer.
The annual event begins at 6 p.m. on the track at West Brunswick High School off Whiteville Road in Shallotte. Its purpose is to raise awareness about lives lost and victories won against this horrific disease. It’s also a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which uses money raised from events like this across the nation to fund research, support programs and education.
The goal for Brunswick County is to surpass $293,000 raised last year and raise $310,000.
If you haven’t been to Relay for Life before, make this your first year. Be sure to be at the track at 6 p.m. and cheer on the brave people who valiantly fight this disease. There are rarely dry eyes as children, middle-aged adults and the elderly take a lap around the track to celebrate a year of victory against cancer. If you live here in Brunswick County, the likelihood you know someone in the survivors’ lap is high.
Another great moment of the evening is the luminary ceremony. It’s another time to honor those who have had this disease.
While there are some solemn moments, there is also a lot of fun to be had at this 24-hour event. There will be plenty of music, entertainment and food for all who attend. There are also a lot of other fun activities planned like a lip-sync contest, a Lady Gaga impersonation contest, and plenty of games.
And, if you show up, you never know which local person you may see dressed up in drag, or like a nerd or with funky hair. You may even be surprised to find out one of your friends or neighbors is the county’s best rooster crower!
It’s a good time and it’s for a good cause.
Take some time between 6 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday to come out to Relay for Life. Show your fellow Brunswick Countians how much you support them and fight back against cancer.