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Washington County Hopes To Raise $60,000 During 'Relay For Life' Event

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It's an event that has grown into a huge tradition for cities across the nation and of course here at home.

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event is taking place this month and next but in Washington County,  it kicks off Friday night.

"I just have to do it every year, it's just something I have to be involved in," said Connie Wheeler.

Wheeler is the Survivor Chair who has battled skin cancer and lost both of her parents to lung cancer.

"So it's very near and dear to my heart," said Wheeler.

Wheeler is responsible for the survivors tent for Washington County's "Relay for Life," a national event aiming to honor those who have won and lost the battle to the deadly disease as well as raise money for a cure.

"We recognize all the survivors because that is what this is all about, trying to create a world with more birthdays," said Jimmy Schweinsburg, who is the Event Chair.

"I haven't came into contact with anybody who hasn't been touched in some way or another by cancer," said Schweinsburg. "That's why I'm out here doing this in support of all of those people."

It's taken six months of planning and all day Friday to set up.

"It all comes down to tonight [Friday]," said Schweinsburg.

Bleachers had to be set for Friday night's Beauty Pageant, signs put in place to mark the track, and decor to match its theme.

"The theme is a 'Race for a Cure'," said Schweinsburg. "So all the sites that you see decorated tonight [Friday] are gonna have some type of a racing theme."

Anyone is invited to come out and join in. The event will last through Saturday morning with a car show starting at 9 a.m.

Organizers say its community support that ultimately fuels this race for a cure.

"There's been so many strides in research and it all goes back to raising that dollar," said Wheeler.

Organizers have a goal to raise $60,000 during their event.

Other counties across our area will also host Relay For Life events:

  • Bay County
    • Eastside - April 19 & 20
    • Lynn Haven - April 26 & 27
    • Panama City - May 3 & 4
    • Panama City Beach - May 17th & 18
  • Jackson County
    • East Jackson - April 12 & 13
    • Central Jackson - April 26 & 27
  • Gulf
    • Wewahitchka - April 19 & 20
    • Port St. Joe - April 26 & 27
  • Franklin - June 1 & 2

For more information regarding these events, click here.

Calhoun and Liberty held their event April 5th and 6th. They raised $32,000, which is three times last year's amount.

Relay for Life originated 28 years ago in the state of Washington and since then has gone global, raising more than four billion dollars towards the American Cancer Society.