The annual Pemiscot County Relay for Life was held Saturday, Sept. 21 at Reynold’s Park in Caruthersville and organizers are calling the event a “huge success.” Six teams raised funds throughout the year, and festivities culminated in beautiful weather right by the Mississippi River in Caruthersville, Mo.
“It was a great time,” one of the event organizers, Cathryn Prater said, “We had good activities and support and even with the change in format, we had a great turnout.”
This year’s twelve hour event was held during daytime hours instead of overnight, and Prater said that seemed to accommodate schedules better.
Cancer survivors and their caregivers were treated to a free luncheon, given a t-shirt and gift, and sat down to play “Survivor Bingo.” The Survivors made a lap to help open the event, followed by caregivers and teams.
The event raises funds for the American Cancer Society. Relay events are set up nationally throughout the year to help fund research and support for those suffering from cancer and those giving care to a cancer patient.
Portageville Resident DuhLay Knee made a special musical appearance. There was also a karaoke sing-along.
The event has a luminaria ceremony where people can honor and remember those that have lost their battle to cancer and celebrate those fighting and survivors. Teams from “Tutus for Tatas” and Trinity Marine “Cancer Crushers” held events throughout the past several months to raise funds. Teams sold food, held raffles and sponsored games to raise more funds during the event.
“It is very important to take time to remember those who lost their battle to cancer,” Prater said, “But it is also important to celebrate the lives of those that survived cancer or are battling it right now. Relay is a good time for the community to come together and celebrate life and remembrance.”
This years’ committee consisted of Prater, Jacklyn Underwood, Melanie Johnson, Brooke Grissom, Ronda Gilmore, Mary Shannon, Gena Glass, Brittany Jackson, and Kyle Gilmore.