Relaying for a cure


By Marisa Anders - manders@civitasmedia.com



Photo submitted Citizens Bank’s Relay booth.


Marisa Anders | Claiborne Progress Commercial Bank’s “Dunk the Punk” dunking booth was popular with Relay attendees. Here, a young man attempts to dunk Dr. John Michael Robertson of Family Medical Clinic of Harrogate. Other willing participants who got dunked were Eddie Jones of Commercial Bank and James Parker of Family Medical Clinic.


Photo submitted Forge Ridge School’s Relay For Life booth.


Photo submitted Jaymin Huddleston has been recognized for raising thousands of dollars over several years of participating in Claiborne County’s Relay For Life. Pictured helping at her team booth Friday night, from left, Elizabeth Napier, Huddleston, Maddy Cline and Lily Napier.


Photo submitted The J. Frank White Academy crew came out in force for Relay.


Marisa Anders | Claiborne Progress A cancer survivor receives his medal commemorating his win against a tough battle from Harrogate Mayor Linda Fultz. Also presenting medals were Claiborne County Mayor Jack Daniels and Claiborne County Miss Fairest of the Fair, Kayla Jordan Spieles.


Marisa Anders | Claiborne Progress Cancer survivors and supporters take the commemorative walk around the park to start the Relay For Life.


Marisa Anders | Claiborne Progress Cancer survivors, friends and family gather after the survivor medal ceremony to walk the first lap of the Claiborne County Relay For Life.


Photo submitted Claiborne Medical Center, a longtime supporter of Relay For Life.


Photo submitted Powell Valley School’s Relay booth.


Photo submitted Powell Valley School’s Relay booth.


Photo submitted First Century Bank’s booth display.


Photo submitted First Century Bank’s Jennifer Lovin, left, and Amy Earl at their booth. Earl served as co-chair of this year’s event.


Photo submitted First Century Bank’s Jennifer Lovin, left, and Amy Earl at their booth. Earl served as co-chair of this year’s event.


Photo submitted First Century Bank’s booth display.


A rainy evening might have dampened the booths, clothing and material things of those attending this year’s Claiborne County Relay For Life, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of those who were there Friday.

The annual event, held at Harrogate City Park, brings people of all ages together for one reason: To raise money to help find a cure for cancer.

As many at the event say, cancer affects almost everyone in some way. Hundreds of people show their support during the annual event by being on a team, participating in the entertainment and purchasing items from the teams who are raising money.

“Claiborne County Relay for Life is one of the most rewarding experience that I have ever been a part of,” said Amy Earl, who co-chaired the event this year along with Meagan England.

Several local schools and churches provided entertainment during the evening, which was kicked off by the MCM Youth Choir, Jenna Vannoy singing the National Anthem and Jaymin Huddleston leading in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Cancer survivor Kathy Hopkins gave the survivor’s speech, and spoke of her winning battle while her husband lost his battle with the disease.

Bo Williams, news anchor with WATE-TV in Knoxville, has been an annual participant in the event for several years, calling out the names of cancer survivors who are at the medal ceremony. One by one, they are presented with a medal that commemorates their fight against the dreaded disease.

Many are veterans of the ceremony while some are participating for their first year. Cancer affects people of all ages — and people of all ages participate in the ceremony. “Cancer doesn’t discriminate,” one person said.

“I would like to take time to thank everyone who takes part in it,” Earl said. “Without the survivors, caregivers, sponsors and participants, our events wouldn’t be possible.”

“I am so proud of our county and all the funds that we raise to help the American Cancer Society end cancer.”

Reach Marisa Anders at 423-254-5588 or on Twitter @newsgirl88.

Photo submitted Citizens Bank’s Relay booth.
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Marisa Anders | Claiborne Progress Commercial Bank’s “Dunk the Punk” dunking booth was popular with Relay attendees. Here, a young man attempts to dunk Dr. John Michael Robertson of Family Medical Clinic of Harrogate. Other willing participants who got dunked were Eddie Jones of Commercial Bank and James Parker of Family Medical Clinic.
http://claiborneprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_Dunk-the-Punk.jpgMarisa Anders | Claiborne Progress Commercial Bank’s “Dunk the Punk” dunking booth was popular with Relay attendees. Here, a young man attempts to dunk Dr. John Michael Robertson of Family Medical Clinic of Harrogate. Other willing participants who got dunked were Eddie Jones of Commercial Bank and James Parker of Family Medical Clinic.

Photo submitted Forge Ridge School’s Relay For Life booth.
http://claiborneprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_Forge-Ridge-Relay-Booth.jpgPhoto submitted Forge Ridge School’s Relay For Life booth.

Photo submitted Jaymin Huddleston has been recognized for raising thousands of dollars over several years of participating in Claiborne County’s Relay For Life. Pictured helping at her team booth Friday night, from left, Elizabeth Napier, Huddleston, Maddy Cline and Lily Napier.
http://claiborneprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_RFLJaymins-Friends-for-a-Cure.jpgPhoto submitted Jaymin Huddleston has been recognized for raising thousands of dollars over several years of participating in Claiborne County’s Relay For Life. Pictured helping at her team booth Friday night, from left, Elizabeth Napier, Huddleston, Maddy Cline and Lily Napier.

Photo submitted The J. Frank White Academy crew came out in force for Relay.
http://claiborneprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_RFLJFWA.jpgPhoto submitted The J. Frank White Academy crew came out in force for Relay.

Marisa Anders | Claiborne Progress A cancer survivor receives his medal commemorating his win against a tough battle from Harrogate Mayor Linda Fultz. Also presenting medals were Claiborne County Mayor Jack Daniels and Claiborne County Miss Fairest of the Fair, Kayla Jordan Spieles.
http://claiborneprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_medal-ceremony.jpgMarisa Anders | Claiborne Progress A cancer survivor receives his medal commemorating his win against a tough battle from Harrogate Mayor Linda Fultz. Also presenting medals were Claiborne County Mayor Jack Daniels and Claiborne County Miss Fairest of the Fair, Kayla Jordan Spieles.

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Marisa Anders | Claiborne Progress Cancer survivors and supporters take the commemorative walk around the park to start the Relay For Life.
http://claiborneprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_survivor-lap.jpgMarisa Anders | Claiborne Progress Cancer survivors and supporters take the commemorative walk around the park to start the Relay For Life.

Marisa Anders | Claiborne Progress Cancer survivors, friends and family gather after the survivor medal ceremony to walk the first lap of the Claiborne County Relay For Life.
http://claiborneprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_survivors.jpgMarisa Anders | Claiborne Progress Cancer survivors, friends and family gather after the survivor medal ceremony to walk the first lap of the Claiborne County Relay For Life.

Photo submitted Claiborne Medical Center, a longtime supporter of Relay For Life.
http://claiborneprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_Hospital-Relay-team.jpgPhoto submitted Claiborne Medical Center, a longtime supporter of Relay For Life.

Photo submitted Powell Valley School’s Relay booth.
http://claiborneprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_IMG_5347.jpgPhoto submitted Powell Valley School’s Relay booth.

Photo submitted Powell Valley School’s Relay booth.
http://claiborneprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_IMG_5347-bw.jpgPhoto submitted Powell Valley School’s Relay booth.

Photo submitted First Century Bank’s booth display.
http://claiborneprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_Resized_20160916_201136.jpgPhoto submitted First Century Bank’s booth display.

Photo submitted First Century Bank’s Jennifer Lovin, left, and Amy Earl at their booth. Earl served as co-chair of this year’s event.
http://claiborneprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_20160916_145520-bw.jpegPhoto submitted First Century Bank’s Jennifer Lovin, left, and Amy Earl at their booth. Earl served as co-chair of this year’s event.

Photo submitted First Century Bank’s Jennifer Lovin, left, and Amy Earl at their booth. Earl served as co-chair of this year’s event.
http://claiborneprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_20160916_145520.jpegPhoto submitted First Century Bank’s Jennifer Lovin, left, and Amy Earl at their booth. Earl served as co-chair of this year’s event.

Photo submitted First Century Bank’s booth display.
http://claiborneprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_Resized_20160916_201136-bw.jpgPhoto submitted First Century Bank’s booth display.

By Marisa Anders

manders@civitasmedia.com

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