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5/8/2017 9:04:00 AM
Superheroes inspire us to be lifesavers

On April 28th, over 1,100 superheroes gathered at the YMCA track for the 23rd annual Relay For Life of Greenwood County.  They came in all shapes, sizes and age. From one handsome 4 year old survivor that cut the ribbon to an 85-year-old volunteer working to raise funds. Every person that attended the event was a superhero in their own rite.

Campsites reflected the theme of the night from Superman to Ninja Turtles. Two wonderful bands gave of their time and talents to provide great entertainment for the evening. Activities and food could be found all around the track.

As we prepared for the Luminaria ceremony and the people began to gather. I (Hoyt Dorn, Senior Community Manager for Relay For Life) looked out across the field and seen a wave of people. Not color, not age and not gender. Just a mass of people there for one thing. To fight cancer. We heard inspiring words from children and seen them release balloons into the night sky.  Then the lights went down and we walked a lap in silence to honor and remember.

Once the entertainment and food ended we all gathered one more time to thank everyone for their efforts and take a final lap to end the 2017 Relay for Life and to start the 2018 season. You see just because the event is over does not mean we stop working. Those superheroes are still out there and they need your help. They have raised $107,777.00 of the $140,000.00 they set for the event.

I ask that you take the time to go to and donate to one of the hard-working volunteers. You can even send your donation to the American Cancer Society PO Box 1741 Greenwood, SC. 29648. If you would like to become a Relay or Mission volunteer. Contact Hoyt Dorn at 871-4210 or

Our mission is to save lives, celebrate live, and Lead the fight for a world without cancer.  

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