A night to remember: Relay For Life celebrates life at TCAT – Elizabethton

Published 4:43 pm Monday, June 25, 2018

A night of remembrance. A night of life. A night of love.

A night to show cancer that community won’t back down.

Hundreds of members from the Carter County Relay For Life met Friday evening at Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) – Elizabethton for the annual Relay Celebration, an overnight affair that featured live music, walks and other ways to show support for those that have been affected by cancer.

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This year’s event differed from previous years, according to Carter County Relay For Life co-chair Greg Odom. While it was the second year at a new facility like TCAT, the schedule was changed to 6 p.m. until midnight to allow residents to make it home at an earlier time for Sunday activities. While the time was scheduled to conclude at midnight, teams still had the opportunity to “Relay” into the night as a way to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

Over the course of the evening, various musicians took centerstage inside the facility to serenade crowds. A survivors’ reception was also held to recognize individuals that have gone through a tilt with cancer.

Two of the more awe-inspiring parts of the night included the “Ceremony of HOPE” — a time for survivors, caregivers and teams to take a lap around the premise to recognize those that have been affected by cancer. As the night lingered, the luminaria ceremony also proved to be a memorable occasion as “Relayers” provided light to luminaria bags as a way to recognize cancer survivors, those that have lost their lives to cancer and caregivers. Rhodyjane Meadows also serenaded the crowd during the event with the playing of a harp.

Even with the main event now out of the way, Relay season never stops for volunteers. Odom indicated another fundraiser is around the bend.

The organization will host a special movie night on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 9 p.m. at the Stateline Drive-In. Attendees will be able to take in the family-friendly Disney movie “Moana” as a way to prepare for the upcoming school year, Odom said. The movie also ties in to the group’s beach party theme for this year’s season.

Teams will be on site at the Drive-In to provide various concessions. The admission to attend is $5. Children 12 years and younger are able to attend for the cost of $3. All proceeds raised from the gate and concessions will go to benefit the 2018 Relay season.

To get involved, visit the Relay For Life of Carter County, TN Facebook page online.