Thanks to the organizers of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Carthage for inviting our band, Natural Disaster, to perform Friday night.
At first, it looked like the rain that has plagued the area for the past few weeks was going to wreak havoc with the event but it went off without a hitch. As always, The Carthage Press offered solid coverage of the event, with Abbey Thulin's article including this passage:
When the opening ceremonies were complete, the survivors kicked off the relay by taking their victory lap around the track as all other teams and participants lined the track to cheer them on.
A number of survivors said to walk that first lap with all the other survivors and to feel the appreciation of everyone else was a special experience.
“It’s good to be recognized and to be cancer free,” Shayla Hood, a 3-year survivor of melanoma, said. “You feel really hopeful with all these people surrounding you cheering you on.”
“To sum it up in one word, I’d say victory,” six and a half year breast cancer survivor, Mona Taylor, said.
“It’s very emotional,” Donna Tinder, two-time breast cancer survivor, said. “It’s a great feeling to know you survived, and it’s special to do it in front of your friends and family.”
More than $51,000 has been raised so far, according to the Press article.
(Photo- Natural Disaster performs.)