Organizers are stoking the engine for the Pickens County Relay for Life with a meeting planned for Oct. 21.
The Relay for Life is the major fund raiser run by the American Cancer Society in localities around the nation. The money goes toward research, advocacy and support operations for cancer victims.
Pickens County’s Relay is planned currently for the first weekend in May, and Lois Porter, a two-time cancer survivor whose sister was recently diagnosed with her same kind of breast cancer, is ready to get things going immediately.
Porter will be one of the committee members meeting Oct. 21 at the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library in Easley, looking for ways to expand the county organization’s effort to support the ACS.
“The meeting is a planning session for the Jan. 13 kickoff of the campaign,” Porter said. The committee, led by Katrina Anderson, will be looking for new ideas and volunteers for logistics, team building and organization of the survivor dinner plus many other aspects of the effort.
“We are hoping for 100 percent participation from schools,” Porter said. She also sees room for more participation by area churches and family groups.
Last May, 33 teams from across the county gathered on the football field at the old Liberty High School, turned up the music. They created an atmosphere that ranged from memorial service for cancer victims to celebration for survivors. The event included praying and dancing along with antics to raise awareness and money.
Student groups supported teachers who survived cancer. Doctors offices came out to show support for patience and staffers acknowledging that the disease is a respecter of no one.
Porter invited anyone interested to come to the Oct. 21 meeting at the library at 6 p.m.
“Bring your ideas.” she said.