Relay for life

Christian County is on the cusp of celebrating the 30th anniversary of the local Relay for Life.

And so far through the history of the local Relay, it was raised over $3 million in the battle against cancer.

“I relay because of my mother,” said Charlotte Lyons who is on the executive committee and is also the program planner for the Christian County Relay. “My mother passed away in the year 2000 from colon cancer. She held on as long as she could.”

Lyons said her mother held on for about two years before the cancer progressed to stage four and spread throughout her body.

“There was nothing I could do but try to ease her pain,” she said.

It was through the loss of her mother and the loss of her church, that brought Lyons to the Relay after Salem Baptist Church in Pembroke was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.

“During the rebuilding of our sanctuary, another church in Pembroke allowed Salem Baptist members to carry our services at their church home,” said Lyons. “At that time in another church home, my daughter was introduced to a lady that was already a part of Relay for Life. She became very interested and wanted to participate in some way. My daughter wanted to join in the bucket brigade donations but because she was a minor at the time, the insurance wouldn’t cover her, so I took her place instead. After receiving donations for Relay, the rest was pretty much history, it was a great turn out and I immediately got involved in the organization and began designing the programs ever since.”

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life movement is the world’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event dedicated to saving lives from cancer. For over 35 years, communities across the world have come together to honor and remember loved ones and take action for lifesaving change. Hopkinsville will be celebrating the thirtieth years of Relay for Life. In the last twenty nine years, Christian County has raised over three million dollars for the organization. All funds raised through Relay for Life, directly support breakthrough research, twenty four-seven support for cancer patients, access to lifesaving screenings, and so much more.

Despite being in the midst of a pandemic, this past year was the 29th anniversary of Relay for Life.

“It was really neat to have it at the Sportsplex facility this past year,” Lyons said. “The event was awesome, everyone truly enjoyed it. We can’t thank the staff enough for all of the accommodations we were provided with.”

For the 30th anniversary the Christian County Relay for Life committee is still discussing how to execute next year’s event. The theme in 2022 will be a “Birthday Celebration.” Beginning at the top of the year, in January, Relay for Life will kick off its annual pancake breakfast held at First Baptist Church. Tickets will soon be available for purchase at $5 per ticket. Being that Relay for Life will be celebrating this year’s event as a birthday theme, there will be funfetti pancakes available at the brunch in January.

If you are interested in joining Christian County’s Relay for Life tribe visit:

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life movement is the most impactful fundraising event with hopes to end cancer. It has united communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer. It also allows families and friends to remember loved ones lost. Join the cause and take action in the fight. If you or a loved one are going through cancer treatments and would like to know more information, call 800-227-2345.

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Relay for Life is more than just an organization. Relay for Life is a family. In Honor of those affected by cancer: always believe there is hope for a cure.

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