After two cancellations due to inclement weather, members of the Relay For Life of Johnston County team met last month at Smithfield-Selma High School. The meeting was the kick-off meeting the 2014 Relay For Life that will be held at the school June 6 and 7. After a brief welcome and introduction of committee members, team captains were broken out into groups to obtain information on how to better get people involved in Relay. Goals for 2014 were also discussed. The theme this year is “The Amazing Race – Relay Around the World”.
One area that was discussed in detail was the “Survivor Sunday”. On Sunday, March 2, churches across Johnston County celebrated with cancer survivors through Relay For Life of Johnston County. In 2013, the Johnston County Commissioners declared the first Sunday in March as “Survivor Sunday”. The celebrations ranged from asking survivors to stand and give them a round of applause for all they have gone through to various celebrations during the worship service with songs and recognition. Church members can provide a luminaria In Memory or In Honor of loved ones in exchange for a donation to the American Cancer Society. Luminaria bags are $10 each.
Teams have been fundraising for this year’s event. Community members are encouraged to seek out the fundraisers to support cancer research. Teams and individuals are also needed for the Relay. For more information on fundraisers or to register to participate, go to the Relay For Life of Johnston County’s website at www.RelayForLife.org/JohnstonNC.