By Allison Collins
BAINBRIDGE – Despite gray skies and rain, spirits stayed high at the 13th annual Tri-Town Relay for Life event, held Saturday, May 6 in Bainbridge’s General Clinton Park.
Events, which included the traditional pancake breakfast prepared by local Boy Scout troops, games, children’s activities, and themed laps, kicked off right on time, though festivities later in the day were cut short because of weather.
Community manager Heather Brewster said after the event, “We are planning on having a separate luminaria and closing ceremony event coming very soon.” Organizers are encouraging participants to save their luminaria bags and torches, with an announcement regarding a make-up date and location expected in the next week or so. Brewster noted, “The rain took over the event, which prevented us from having those ceremonies and we want to make [sure] everyone is able to partake.”
Before the rain, however, members of more than a dozen fundraising teams, relay participants and community members took to the track to the tune of “Celebrate Good Times” in memory and celebration of cancer victims, survivors and fighters.
Asked to comment on what keeps people coming back, Brewster said, “Relay is important to so many people because it gives them an outlet to remember those that they love and may have lost and also lets them celebrate those who are with us today after fighting such a terrible disease.” To that she added, “Relay for Life offers hope for so many.”
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