Community Spirit--Relay for Life Volunteers - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

05/10/04

Community Spirit--Relay for Life Volunteers

Relay for Life has been going strong in the Coastal Empire and Low Country for many years now. It's the major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. It's a huge success which wouldn't be possible without the dedicated volunteers. Each year they come by the thousands throughout the area. They take to the track and walk for 24 hours.

Two weeks ago, Even during steady heavy downpours, our neighbors did what they do best. They opened their hearts and raised money for cancer research. Even as puddles formed on the track at South Effingham High School, people kept on walking with big bright smiles and lots of waves for the camera. Their amazing spirit made it easy to forget about the liquid sunshine falling from the sky.

"It's a chance for everyone to come together to share the sorrows of losing someone and also share the experience of someone who survived cancer," said event cochair Katie Hiland.

By walking, they hope to raise more than $150,000 for cancer research. It was a very personal battle for everyone there."This is a disease that hits everybody," said Hiland. "Either you have or you know someone who's been touched by cancer."

And they're hoping by taking these small steps they can stop this deadly disease from destroying any more lives. That's why these Coastal Empire and Low Country walkers are part of the WTOC Community Spirit.

We also want to say a very special thank you to the students at Marlow Elementary in Guyton and the Toombs Central Elementary. They pooled their pennies and raised nearly $10,000 for the American Cancer Society, showing all of us what can happen when we work together.

Questions or comments concerning WTOC Community Spirit should be directed to Dawn Baker, dbaker@wtoc.com.

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