Relay For Life Returns to Pulaski Square as Part of Summer SOULstice June 15
by Emmy Slaughter Williams
The community is encouraged to join forces to fight cancer at Relay For Life of Giles County during the fourth annual Summer SOULstice Festival coming up Saturday, June 15.
Giles Countians don’t have to travel far to experience live music, artisans and fun in combination with the always touching luminaria ceremony, cancer survivor recognition lap and variety of team celebratory antics and fund-raising offerings.
Statistically, with one-in-four people affected by cancer, the need is great and the cause is unfortunately close to many.
In the past, fund-raising has revolved around food sales with each team offering different fare during the event and proceeds going towards their particular monetary goal.
This year, teams are switching focus to a kids’ Disney-themed fun zone area instead. While the Festival rocks and rolls, kids can enjoy bounce house jumping, slides and get their faces painted as part of the festivities.
And it’s raising money for a cause all too familiar to many: fighting cancer.
Last year’s Festival attendance was nearly 7,000 people. Imagine if every attendee donated just a dollar; that collective $7,000 could help provide rides to chemotherapy treatments, provide patients free places to stay near treatments, provide a 24-hour hotline for support and contribute to research grants. In fact, as of August 2018, $410 million has gone to funding potentially lifesaving cancer research grants with monies raised at events just like this one.
Now, imagine what even more contributions could do and what that means to those closely affected or currently fighting.
“We need to support and honor our cancer survivors and their families,” longtime Relay volunteer Mellisa McLemore said. “The event has a good meaning and I think everyone feels a love from the community during that time. Five years into this I still get teary eyed.”
The organization’s website, cancer.org, explains, “From team members to volunteers, we all want to remember those we’ve lost, help those affected today and give us a home team advantage against cancer. Through funds donated, time given or awareness raised, our communities are teaming up to make a difference.”
Relay For Life of Giles County begins at 6 p.m. and will be located on Second Street off the Downtown Pulaski Square. Everyone is invited to “team up” and make a difference by supporting this win-win event.