Relay For Life of Wilson County volunteers gathered Saturday at College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon for a special celebration to honor local cancer survivors.
Each year, volunteers for the American Cancer Society hold a survivors’ brunch in the weeks prior to Relay For Life to provide a free meal to those affected by cancer in the community. This year, the meal was provided by Wildberry Catering and sponsored by First Freedom Bank.
“A good crowd was in attendance, the food was plentiful and delicious, and I really felt it was one of our best events,” said volunteer event lead Nancy Spears. “There just seemed to be people making connections to other survivors throughout the morning. I was blessed just by knowing there was a lot of strength in the room for all of those who had fought and won the battle.”
More than 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. Thousands of cancer survivors participate in American Cancer Society Relay For Life events across the U.S. They, and their caregivers, take the first lap of every event as community members cheer them on and celebrate the progress that has been made against cancer.
The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with 4 million participants in 6,000 events worldwide in 2015. Last year, Relay For Life of Wilson County raised more than $75,000.
This year’s Wilson County Relay For Life will take place June 10 from 6 p.m. until midnight at the Castle Heights track behind the main branch of Wilson Bank and Trust. Registration is open for survivors, participants and teams.