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Pittsboro Relay for Life Surpasses Goal Again

By Suzanne Clark
Posted Wednesday, May 19, 2004

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This fun overnight American Cancer Society signature event started off this year with a torch run from the Pittsboro Courthouse on Friday, May 14th. Cancer survivors were feted with a dinner and reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. There were 120 cancer survivors that walked the initial lap around the Northwood High School track, symbolizing the courage that survivors and their families display and sustain in their lives. At 9 p.m. a touching Luminaria ceremony was held – over 1,200 luminaria lit the night with hope. There was music, food, contests, awards, prizes, decorated campsites and other on-site fund-raising activities.

Forty teams of 1,000-plus registered walkers (plus that many or more who just showed up to enjoy the festivities) worked hard to surpass this year’s goal of $150,000 for important cancer research, patient support services, and other programs offered by your American Cancer Society. As of Monday, May 17th, the total raised was at $161,244.95 and teams are still turning in money from their fundraisers.

Co-Chair, Claire Wilson, says “We are not surprised that Pittsboro and the surrounding communities came together and raised this amount of money. Chatham County is full of wonderful, generous and caring people. Carol (Esau) and I both want to thank everyone who participated in the 2004 Pittsboro Relay for Life, whether they participated on a team or just came out to see what the Relay was all about. Whatever their part, they helped raise this money for the American Cancer Society.”

Some highlights of the event were appearances of the SECU Fat Cat and Durham Bulls’ Wool E. Bull. A dunking booth featured local pastors, school principals and law enforcement officials including Sheriff Richard Webster. Great music provided by Mitzi Brooks & Gospel Grass, Gypsy Wind, Tim Hair, Stephen Ferguson and Charlotte King. There were dance performances by Hemlock Bluff Cloggers, Chatham Area Shag Association, Hula by June & Jenna Arthurs, Sweet Dixiland Cloggers and the Perry Harrison School Step Team. Children’s activities were hosted by Robyn’s Nest Creative Learning Center. Haircuts, Manicures and Pedicures were provided by Country Hairstyling. Former UNC Basketball Star, Eric Montross, stopped by Saturday morning for some remarks during the closing ceremony.

“There’s definitely no stopping us now” says Co-Chair, Carol Esau. Each year the Pittsboro Relay just gets bigger and better. It makes one wonder what’s in store for next year?

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