By Kevin Shannahan
The Natchitoches Relay for Life, a beloved community tradition since 1998, was held on the NSU football tailgating field April 26. This year’s relay featured 40 teams and several hundred people representing every facet of our community, from the Sheriff’s Department, the Louisiana Technical and Community College, to local businesses, churches, and sororities. The 2019 theme was “Carnival for a Cure!”
The crowd was entertained by bands and performances by local dance schools. In addition, the teams competed in fun and truly inventive competitions. In keeping with the carnival theme, there was a “bearded lady” contest. The evening’s entertainment culminated in a fireworks display.
The Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, the nation’s leading non-governmental organization devoted to fighting and eradicating this insidious disease. The Natchitoches chapter of the American Cancer Society has a goal of raising $110,000.00 this year and is well on the way to meeting-and exceeding-that goal.
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.