Johnston Relay for Life is in high gear

March 28, 2014 

Left to right: Samatha Taylor, vice president for Relay for Life; Sherry Hancuff, Relay for Life of Johnston County survivor chairman; Gwen Green, Relay for Life of Johnston County co-chairman; and Lin MacMaster, chief revenue and marketing officer for Relay for Life.


The Relay for Life of Johnston County team was honored with a special invitation to the Relay for Life in San Antonio, Texas. This invitation was extended because Johnston County was ranked 38th among 5,074 Relay for Life Top Performers. Members attended workshops and got ideas from other teams throughout the nation on fundraising, how to put on a better event and new ways of supporting survivors and caregivers.

Johnston County also had two top fundraising teams in the nation. They are Team #041 – First Baptist Church of Smithfield and Team #055 – GG’s Kancer Kickers.

The Relay for Life of Johnston County event will be held Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7, at Smithfield-Selma High School. The opening ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. June 6. The ceremony will bring everyone together for a high-energy kickoff to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, to inspire hope by sharing recent accomplishments and progress and to remind everyone that fighting cancer is a year-round priority.

The Survivor Lap will begin at 7 p.m. on June 6. During this lap, upbeat music plays as all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track cheered on by the other participants who line the track, celebrating their victory over cancer.

The Luminaria ceremony begins at 8:30 p.m. June 6. The Luminaria ceremony is a time to remember people who have been lost to cancer, to support people who currently have cancer and to honor people who have fought cancer in the past.

Those interested in participating on a team or starting a team should contact Ashley Wickline at 919-302-4557.

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