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Top Relay performers earn notice

The Johnston County Relay for Life held their annual event at Smithfield Selma High School. The event raised $350,949 gross for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life with 1,755 participants. There were 93 teams from all over Johnston County and five hundred fifty nine (559) survivors that participated this year.

Relay for Life is an event where communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. Because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times during the Relay event that is up to 24 hours in length. Money raised from the event is used by investing in groundbreaking research in every type of cancer and providing free information and services to cancer patients and their caregivers.

Examples of how the money is used are: “Hope Lodge” is where cancer patients who have to travel far from home can stay free and concentrate on getting better; “Road to Recovery” is a program where the program matches cancer patients who need transportation to and from treatment with specially trained volunteer drivers. “Look Good..Feel Better” program is a free service that teaches women battling cancer to work with volunteers on beauty techniques to help them improve their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The American Cancer Society’s “Reach to Recovery” program matches specially trained breast cancer survivors with people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and want or need to talk to someone who’s been there. These are just a few of the many programs that money raised is used for in addition to the research.

At the annual banquet held on last month the following teams were recognized for their outstanding participation at this year’s event.

Top 3 churches

1. Team #41 – First Baptist Church of Smithfield

2. Team #46 – Christians 4 A Cure

3. Team #24 – Bethel OFWB

Top 3 schools

1. Team #99 – Riverwood Elementary School

2. Team #67 – West Johnston High School

3. Team #76 – Smithfield Middle School Avid and Yearbook

Top 3 friends & family

1. Team #55 – GG’s Kancer Kickers

2. Team #5 – Jackie’s Family and Friends

3. Team #16 – Jones’ Family and Friends

Top 3 businesses

1. Team #12 – Natvar

2. Team #6 – Four Oaks Bank

3. Team #110 – Building Blocks

Top 3 new teams

1. Team #71 – Princeton Church of God

2. Team #35 – Everett Chapel Church FWB

3. Team #28 – Johnston County DSS NCSSA Chapter

Top 3 youth teams

1. Team #Y07 – Hopewell Youth

2. Team #Y09 – JD’s Kids

3. Team #Y10 – White Oak Baptist Youth

Best Campsite Awards

1st place – Team #24 – Bethel OFWB Church

2nd place – Team #35 – Everett Chapel Church FWB

3rd place – Team #65 – Dressbarn Cares

The Most Creative Fundraiser at Relay this year was Team #24 – Bethel OFWB Church whose theme was “Angry Birds”. The team that had the most survivors registered was Team #23 – Benson PFWB with 37 survivors registered.

In the youth division, the Youth best campsite went to Team #Y09 – JD’s Kids; and the Youth best banner went to Hopewell Youth.

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