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Grayson Relay for Life raises $50K

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By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

FRIES — Grayson County Relay for Life raised more than $50,000 — falling short of its goal of $60,000.

But, one of the organizers, Jane Roberts, said money was still coming in and expected that number to rise even further.

This was the fifth year Grayson County has held its own relay and opened events Aug. 1 with the Survivor’s Lap followed by opening statements from Event Chairperson Judy Porter.

Porter said all too often people whisper the word cancer or simply refer to it as the “Big C.”

“The fact that we don’t say cancer out loud gives it power it doesn’t deserve,” she said.

Instead of empowering the disease that kills thousands every year, Porter told survivors to let the “C” stand for words such as compassion, commitment and check-ups.

“Let it stand for knowing our Creator is beside us each step of the way,” said Porter. “This is a fight that we can win. The letter ‘C’ is for our courage, my friends.”

After opening ceremonies, survivors released balloons in hopes that cancer will someday disappear as easily as the balloons did.

The relay featured 13 teams and more than 200 registered participants, not including children.

The committee thanked all the volunteers and sponsors who made the relay possible.

Sponsors included: Underwood Log Homes, Mountain Surf Seafood Restaurant, New River Realty, Scott Luper & Sons, Blue Ridge Eye Care, Cockerham Oil Company, BB&T, Top Notch Tree Service, Blue Ridge Sand Inc., Grayson-Carroll-Wythe Mutual Insurance Co. and Fox Creek Leather .

Also: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Wal-Mart, Shoney’s, Fries Fire Department, Fries Recreation Center, Subway, Fries Police Department, Grayson Florist & Gifts, Alfred Jones Building & Vinyl Siding, Keep It Clean Car Wash, Grayson County VFW Post #7726 & Ladies Auxiliary, Delegate Bill Carrico, Horizon Rentals, Independence Fire Department, Grayson National Bank, The Declaration, The Gazette, WBRF and WWWJ.