LOXLEY, Alabama — Participants at Loxley Municipal Park played “The Game of Relay for Life” at the Coastal South Baldwin Relay for Life on Saturday, Sept. 14.
According to American Cancer Society website, 18 teams have already raised more than $43,000 toward the goal of $90,000 from this year’s Relay.
Sarah English, local Relay for Life representative with the American Cancer Society, said teams have until Dec. 31 to raise money toward this year’s goal. You can go to relayforlife.org/coastalsouthbaldwinal to add your pledge.
Saturday’s festivities included an opening ceremony, hosted by organizers Lisa Sangster and Jessica Devine, with keynote speaker and cancer survivor Steve Scarcliff. National Anthem was performed by Nikki Childress with Presentation of Colors by the Foley High School Junior ROTC, and opening prayer by the Rev. Michael D. Lynn with the Robertsdale First Assembly of God Church.
Opening ceremonies were followed by a Survivor/Caregiver Walk with all survivors and caregivers taking the first lap around the venue before being joined by other participants.
The event also included food trucks, a carnival-type area with a bounce house, face painting and other activities, and live entertainment provided by the Foley High School Band from Lion Land’s “Foley Steel.”
Sponsors for this year’s event included Columbia Southern University, Riviera Utilities, D.R. Horton, Young’s Suncoast Realty & Vacation Rentals, OnSight Entertainment, Eastern shore Inflatables, in memory of Honey Scarcliff, the Town of Loxley and Baumhower’s Victory Grill.
The event concluded with a Luminaria Ceremony. People who have been touched by cancer and loved ones lost to the disease are remembered during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer and participants often walk a lap in silence.
“For several years this event was separated into different areas,” said event co-organizer Lisa Sangster. “This is the second year we have held this event together and I see teams from Bay Minette, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley and Central Baldwin. We have all come together as a community to fight this disease and that’s what it’s all about.”