By: Kevin Shannahan
The Natchitoches Relay for Life, an annual community tradition since 1998, was held on the NSU football tailgating field Friday, April, 22nd. This year’s event featured 36 teams representing every facet of our community, from the Sheriff’s Department, City of Natchitoches, local businesses, churches, and sororities to the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. In addition, Lifeshare had a booth at the Natchitoches relay promoting marrow donation.
The crowd was entertained by bands and performances by local dance schools. In addition, the teams competed in fun events such as “Flip-Flop Relay” throughout the evening. The evening’s entertainment culminated in a fireworks display.
The Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, the nation’s leading non-governmental organization devoted to fighting and eradicating this insideous disease. According to Ms. Danielle Antoon, Senior Community Manager for the Society, the Natchitoches area raised $109,000.00 last year with at least this much expected this year.
The Relay for Life is an event that remembers cancer survivors as well as those who succumbed each year. More importantly, it is a celebration of their spirit and of life.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating tonight’s photography. The album is not photo protected and anyone may download the files for free. The Relay for Life is welcome to use any they wish. If you do download a file from the Relay, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society in lieu of payment.