Although it was delayed a day due to heavy rain, the 2019 Hancock County Relay for Life on Sunday was a huge success, organizers said.
"We were really pleased," Relay organizer Bernie Cullen said. "Even though we were delayed a day, I think we had 13 of the 15 teams registered who were able to come out and participate. We had over 43 survivors and their families come out this year and that's a record for us. I was really pleased, because that's why we do it -- to honor them. We're seeing an increased number of survivors and caregivers, and that's really gratifying."
Relay for Life is held annually in Bay St. Louis to honor cancer survivors and caregivers and to raise funds to help those who are currently fighting for their lives. This year's event took place at Hollywood Casino's RV park walking track.
"The only surprise is that we pulled it off so well, considering a lot of people couldn't come out," Cullen said. "Even though our overall crowd was not as large -- we had between 150 and 200 people there -- we had a lot of fun. Everybody just filled in -- there was a real sense of community. Everybody pulled together and got things done.
The theme for this year's Relay was "Lights, Camera, Cure." Each of the teams participating chose a move theme for their respective booths, such as "Jurassic Park," or "The Wizard of Oz."
The event raised money for cancer research, but also to help local cancer survivors with resources such as concealing, transportation to treatments or even wigs.
"We have been very fortunate to have many sponsors who help us all these years," Cullen said, including Hollywood casino. The casino has a golf tournament scheduled May 21, Cullen said, and all the proceeds will go to Relay for Life.
On June 8, Coast Electric is scheduled to host its fifth annual Glow Run for Relay.
Learn more about Relay for Life of Hancock at www.relayforlife.