Mt. Vernon Relay for Life Event
[By Leigh Williams, Contributing Writer]
The opening ceremonies of the Jefferson County Relay for Life included a survivor story from Barb Williams, who battled breast cancer. Williams shared her journey from diagnosis to remission and highlighted the importance of Relay for Life events.
More than 120 cancer survivors made the first lap around the track at the Mt. Vernon High School during the Jefferson County Relay for Life on Friday evening. The survivors lap honors survivors and celebrates their victory over cancer.
In keeping with the theme of the Jefferson County Relay for Life, “Heroes Unite to Fight for a Cure,” children could access their inner superhero with a cape at the “Be A Hero” booth. In addition, many super heroes could be seen scattered throughout the track at the Mt. Vernon High School, including Spiderman and Captain America.
During the opening ceremonies, organizers gave special recognition to the team from Peacock Printing, who recently lost one of its members, Cheryl Wilkerson, to cancer. The emotional presentation honored Wilkerson and the Peacock Team who has raised a total of $175,000 in the last 10 years.