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Cancer survivors, supporters and leaders unite for Relay for Life


On Friday, May 17, members of the Barnwell and Allendale communities gathered at the Relay for Life march at the Allendale-Fairfax High School’s Tiger Stadium. Survivors of cancer, as well as their caregivers, families and other supporters, walked a loop around the football field.
“I am a cancer survivor myself,” said Barnwell Mayor Ron Still, who walked at the event. “Cancer has stricken my family a pretty good bit over the past couple of decades. … Cancer doesn’t care about what color we are, it doesn’t care about how old we are, it doesn’t care if you’re a man or a woman. It’s a vicious disease. To see you guys out here tonight in support and remembrance is truly amazing.”
Relay for Life of Allendale & Barnwell Counties committee member Althea Carter thanks everyone who participated to honor those fighting cancer and those who lost their fight. She also thanks all cancer survivors who came out.
"Teams have been doing a great job raising money and we are even closer to our $35,000 goal," said Carter.
The Allendale-Barnwell Relay for Life is a year-long fundraiser aiming to bring in $35,000 by the end of the year for the American Cancer Society. So far, $20,416.09 has been raised.
Line dancers under the direction of Angela Youmans provided entertainment. In addition to Mayor Still, Fairfax Mayor Butch Sauls and Allendale Mayor Pro-Tem Dawan Smith brought greetings. Allendale-Fairfax High School JROTC presented colors. Minister Dawan Pookie Smith provided music throughout the night.

Elijah de Castro is a Report for America corps member who writes about rural communities like Allendale and Barnwell counties for The People-Sentinel. Your donation to match our RFA grant helps keep Elijah writing stories like this one; please consider making a tax-deductible gift of any amount today.