“Finish the Fight” was the theme of Saturday’s 2014 Relay For Life of Johnson County, and from initial reports, the group surpassed their fundraising goal of $100,000. All funds benefit the American Cancer Society.
About 150 survivors, sporting their purple shirts, were the stars of the evening, along with their caregivers and families.
Emcee Amanda Daw opened the ceremony by introducing Pastor Jerry Clements who led the invocation. Johnson County Judge Roger Harmon read a proclamation declaring the official opening of Relay For Life of Johnson County, the 12th annual event. Terry’s Texas Rangers presented the flags, and the national anthem was sung by Gene Snow.
Team spirit was rampant throughout the evening while teams promoted sales of raffle tickets, food and various items. Winners of raffles were notified by phone or announced before the final ceremony which closed the event for 2014.
DNA Elite Entertainment kept the music lively and upbeat throughout the evening. Among others Jimmy Jones performed while teams and individuals were walking laps around the track. Participants enjoyed a lively session of Zumba in the latter evening hours after indulging in pizza provided by CiCi’s Pizza.
Money raised during Relay For Life helps fund the American Cancer Society’s mission of eliminating cancer by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. The society is the largest nonprofit supporter of new cancer research and the largest voluntary health organization fighting cancer in the country and around the world.
Relay For Life is the largest volunteer effort in fund raising throughout the world. All proceeds are contributed to cancer research, education, services, and advocacy. One example of research is the innovative cancer screening approach developed by Dr. Richard Wender, the American Cancer Society’s national Chief Cancer Control Officer, now being applied at clinics nationwide. These efforts could ultimately save 30,000 lives — equal to the entire population of Cleburne — every year.
A wrap-up party will be held later in the summer when final proceeds are announced and top fundraising teams and individuals are recognized, along with supporting sponsors.