This year\'s Relay for Life featured five teams and a number of activities. Linda Drake photo
This year\'s Relay for Life featured five teams and a number of activities. Linda Drake photo
This year’s local Relay for Life walk—held Friday night at the middle school track area—included five participating teams and an assortment of fund-raising activities, according to event co-chair Lila Batchelor.
The event lasted until about midnight and came to an end with a possible storm rolling into the area, Batchelor said. Participants made laps around the track to raise funds for local cancer patients.
The traditional survivor lap began the event that night, while other activities included a silent auction, Sno-Cone sales, a bounce house, dunk tank and dancing.
All the cancer survivors received a gift bag, Batchelor said. A luminary ceremony was staged for residents to remember loved ones who battled cancer.
Nearly $2,000 was raised that evening and the Relay for Life campaign has generated more than $20,000 locally, she added.
"The money raised goes to families in need of treatment, housing and other bills so they can get their treatment without as much worry with insurance,” Batchelor explained. "Ninety-percent of what is raised goes locally to the Midland branch because we don’t have a branch here.”
Even so, the funds raised in Andrews are utilized by residents here, she added.
Batchelor and Amanda Tyler served as co-chairs of the event for the first time this year.
"I thought the event was very successful,” Batchelor said. "We gave away door prizes and had a goofy dance and a wild dance. During the wild dance, they played the song Footloose and a guy made a whole lap around the track dancing.
"A little girl did the same thing and they both won a prize for it,” she added.
Batchelor said money will be collected throughout the year to add to the $22,000 total thus far.
"For it being our first year, we were very pleased,” Batchelor said. "We’re hoping to expand it next year.”