The 2012 Johnston County Relay for Life event for the American Cancer Society held at Smithfield Selma High School recently was “hailed” as very successful, according to Pat Penny, an event representative. Organizers raised more that $409,000, in spite of bad weather, according Penny.
On Friday evening of the event, just as teams from all around the county began setting up their camp sites “Mother Nature” chipped in with tremendous “hail” and “pouring rain.” This sent Relayers scrambling for some where to take cover. Many tents were blown away or torn but that didn’t dampen the sprits of such an important event. Some Relay teams were “up all night” and most returned on Saturday with “business as usual for our Relay, Penny said.
They had the best attendance on Saturday they had ever had, according to Penny. Penny notes that everyone seemed to enjoy that second day of Relay with a vigor as the survivor walk got underway and food and crafts sales flourished. A large “human chain” in the shape of a “cancer survivor ribbon” was formed on the field in honor and memory of our survivors who are the inspiration for the hard work and team captain dedication that makes our Relay the success it is, Penny said.