Annual Relay event set for Saturday

Surviving cancer is a battle worth talking about.

Sampson County resident and eight-year cancer survivor Peggy Brewington takes pride in the fact she defeated the disease twice, after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and colon cancer in 2006. One of the elements that keeps Brewington going, she said, is being able to fellowship with other cancer survivors — which she does annually at the Relay For Life Survivor’s Dinner and torch walk.

The Relay for Life Survivor’s Dinner will be held Saturday, May 23 at the Christian Family Life Center at 5 p.m. According to Rhonda Lockamy, event coordinator, the annual dinner gives survivors a chance to get together on one accord and offer comfort and guidance to others who have experienced the battle with cancer.

“The survivors get the chance to come and talk with other survivors and celebrate with them,” Lockamy said. “You have cancer survivors sitting around sharing their stories with each other.”

That’s the exact reason Brewington said she has attended the event every year since her first diagnosis.

“I get to go and see people I haven’t seen in a while and see how they are doing,” Brewington shared. “We like to spend that time together fellowshipping with the people and the survivors.”

The survivor’s dinner is free to every cancer survivor and one guest. Lockamy said there are normally around 200 in attendance.

The dinner will feature a variety of entertainment, including the Mt. Vernon Young Adult class presenting “Hee Haw,” a live comedy show. Door prizes will be given out.

According to Lockamy, the dinner for Saturday night consists of barbeque, slaw, green beans, hushpuppies and dessert.

Saturday’s event will begin with the first half of the torch walk. At 1 p.m., survivors and their families are asked to meet at the Oncology Center on Beaman Street to walk with the torch to the church, where the torch will stay until the Friday night of the Relay for Life event at Clinton High School. The torch will then be walked from the church into the Dark Horse Stadium.

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