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Relay for Life funds benefit American Cancer Society

Three teams took part in South Point event

Three teams took part in the annual Lawrence County Relay for Life on Friday.

The event, which took place at South Point High School, raised funds for the American Cancer Society.

Hillary Nichols, manager of community engagement for the group, said the event also was aimed at honoring those who have survived cancer and memorializing those who have passed.

“The biggest thing is survivor recognition,” she said. “We honor the survivors and their caregivers.”

She said the event kicked off with a survivor lap and, following that, a dinner was held for the group, with food provided by South Point Giovanni’s and desserts by South Point Walmart.

“It’s a place for people to heal and to celebrate winning their battles,” she said.

She said a luminary walk with lighted bags takes place later in the night.

“It’s a solemn affair,” she said. “We do a silent lap.”

The relay rotates locations each year. Last year’s event took place at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds. This was its second visit to South Point, Nichols said.

The teams who registered to walk laps in the school’s gym were from Brickhouse Cardio of Proctorville, South Point Walmart and Valley Health.

In addition to the track, the event hosted a vendor fair, featuring about a dozen booths, and Zumba.

“We really couldn’t do this without the support of the local community,” Nichols said.

She said all funds raised would be used by the American Cancer Society, primarily for patient services, research and advocacy, and that those who would like to make a donation to the effort can go to http://www.relayforlife.org/LawrenceCounty.