The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life was in full swing on May 2 of this year when West Texas weather literally blew the event down.
"It was crazy! We had unbelievable wind and unseasonably cold temperatures," said Ann Archer, Relay For Life Chair. "We had to close down the event at 1:00 am."
Not only did the weather drive off participants, but it also meant Relay For Life did not raise enough money to reach its goal. Todd Chambers, Lubbock's 2008 Hero of Hope said the event fell short by more than $40,000.
"Many people put in so much time and energy to raise money for cancer research and education for the local American Cancer Society," said Chambers. "It's hard to see us fall so short of our goal."
To counter the effects of the weather, the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life Team Captains are hosting "Relay For Life Round 2."
Relay For Life Round 2
This family event will feature a Relay Funfair with plenty of onsite fundraising booths with food, games, music, raffles and a silent auction. A special Fight Back Ceremony will take place at 8:00 pm and at 9:00 pm the popular "Miss" Relay Contest will feature some of Lubbock's most interesting pageant contestants. Contestants will compete by seeing who can raise the most money while onstage.
"We want to reach and exceed our initial goal," said Archer. "Weather may have won round one, but we want Relay for Life Supporters to come out swinging and FIGHT BACK against cancer in Round 2!" All money raised stays in the local area to support the American Cancer Society's lifesaving programs and services for cancer patients, cancer research and advocacy efforts.
For more information on the event or how you can get involved in Round 2 or help Relay For Life reach its goal, please contact 792-7128.
Relay For Life is sponsored this year by Covenant's Joe Arrington Cancer Center, Gandy's Dairy and UMC's Southwest Treatment and Research Center. The Relay For Life Round 2 event venue is sponsored by The Science Spectrum.
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