MOUNT VERNON — Purple ribbons adorned the city streets of Mount Vernon in preparation for the annual Relay for Life this weekend. Cancer survivors, caregivers, family members and sponsoring organizations all then converged on Yellow Jacket Stadium at Mount Vernon High School, Friday evening for the kickoff off the annual fundraising event, all for the purpose to aid in the fight against cancer.
The festivities began Friday evening as the opening ceremonies were conducted, led by committee member Jody Rutter. Following a flag-raising by members of Cub Scout Pack 332 and the singing of the national anthem, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis shared some opening remarks about the Relay For Life. After reading an excerpt from a proclamation made Thursday at the Cancer Survivor event at The Glenn A. Gallagher Centre, Mavis said, “I’m proud to see so many people here who are enthusiastic about a special cause. We are all here together tonight to be a part of the major fight in the battle against cancer. The good news is we are winning a battle. The fight goes on.”
Rutter announced that 32 teams had registered to participate in this year’s Relay for Life. “This year, we were asked to dream big, hope big and relay big. And Knox County embraced that,” said Rutter, as she was proud to announce that 13 new teams registered for this year’s event. With last year’s event raising over $196,000, Rutter said that they are well on their way to this year’s goal of $200,000.
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