By Ashley Rader
Carter County Relay For Life celebrated the birthdays of millions of cancer survivors – and the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society – Friday night into Saturday morning during its annual all-night
Relayers took to the track to honor those currently battling the disease, to remember those who have died and to celebrate with the individuals who can now call themselves cancer survivors.
“Take a look around and you’ll see family, friends, coworkers, community leaders, children and grandparents all here with the same goal, to end cancer,” said 2013 Relay Chair Kristi Smith. “We are celebrating the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society and we have never been more ready to put them out of business.”
The Relay opened with the Survivors Lap at 7 p.m., followed by a Caregiver Lap and a Team Lap. The Survivor Lap was led by Carl Peters, who at 94 is the oldest cancer survivor in Carter County. The Relay continued until 7 a.m. Saturday morning with entertainment and events throughout the night to entertain the Relay participants.
Relay teams have been working since the beginning of the year to raise money for cancer research.