The Johnston County Relay for Life recently honored its top fundraisers from this year’s event, which raised $350,949 for cancer research. In all, 1,755 people and 93 teams from across Johnston County took part in the relay. Among the walkers were 559 cancer survivors.
The top fundraisers are listed below by category:
Church teams – First Baptist Church of Smithfield, first place; Christians 4 A Cure, second place; and Bethel Original Free Will Baptist Church, third place.
School teams – Riverwood Elementary, first place; West Johnston High School, second place; and Smithfield Middle School’s AVID and yearbook team, third place.
Friends and family teams – GG’s Kancer Kickers, first place; Jackie’s Family and Friends, second place; and Jones’ Family and Friends, third place.
Business teams – Natvar, first place; Four Oaks Bank, second place; and Building Blocks, third place.
Top new teams – Princeton Church of God, first place; Everett Chapel Church Free Will Baptist Church, second place; and Johnston County Department of Social Services, third place.
Youth teams – Hopewell Church youth, first place; JD’s Kids, second place; and White Oak Baptist Church youth, third place.
Best campsites – Bethel Original Free Will Baptist Church, first place; Everett Chapel Church Free Will Baptist Church, second place; and Dressbarn Cares, third place. in the youth division, JD’s Kids had the best campsite.
Most creative fundraiser – Bethel Original Free Will Baptist Church, with an “Angry Birds” theme.
Team with most survivors registered – Benson Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, with 37 survivors.
Best youth banner – Hopewell Church youth.
Money raised from the event will support research in every type of cancer and provide free information and services to cancer patients and their caregivers. Here are some ways the American Cancer Society uses the money:
• Hope Lodge, where cancer patients who have to travel far from home can stay for free.
• Road to Recovery matches cancer patients who need transportation to and from treatment with specially trained volunteer drivers.
• In “Look Good, Feel Better,” volunteers teach beauty techniques to help cancer patients improve their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
• Reach to Recovery matches specially trained breast cancer survivors with people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and want or need to talk to someone who’s been there.
Next year’s Johnston County Relay will take place June 6-7 at Smithfield-Selma High School. For more information, visit http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=53021&pg=entry.