Relay celebrates, remembers, fights back across county
by Will Heath
May 10, 2012 | 1654 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Survivors in Moody walked to start off Friday’s Relay ceremony.
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Months of planning and raising money came to fruition Friday night across St. Clair County at Relay for Life.

In Springville and Moody, people came together to celebrate cancer survivors, as well as to raise money for the American Cancer Society. In Leeds and Moody, over $41,500 was collected, while North St. Clair has currently raised over $20,000.

“We had a lot of participation, and everybody has told me how much fun they had,” said Jaime Duggan, director of North St. Clair Relay.

At Tiger Stadium, entertainment included a frozen T-shirt contest, an Elvis impersonator and various teams participating with themed booths and tents. Seventeen people were there the entire 12 hours.

“Out of our 14 teams, the majority were new, first-time teams and they did a great job of decorating,” Duggan said. “For our first all-night event, for 17 people to stay, I think that was pretty great.”

Leeds/Moody Relay moved its event from Bill Morris Stadium to the Moody High School parking lot, to accommodate the Lady Blue Devil soccer team, which hosted Chelsea on Saturday. Executive director Becky Hogan said the event was a successful team effort.

“It’s like a full-time effort to make sure everything is balanced, as far as what needs to be done and what has to be done,” Hogan said. “We had a big crowd overall – several survivors and the entertainment was great.”

Both Duggan and Hogan said they are already preparing for next year.

“I know that sounds crazy,” Duggan said. “I’ve enjoyed it completely, and I’m ready to get started for next year.”

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