The 2004 Relay For Life will be held in a different location but the goals of the 6th annual event remain the same, to raise awareness, honor the victims and ultimately eliminate cancer.
The event will move from its past location at Patriot Park to the Sevier County High School football field. Relay For Life co-chairman Wes Farragut said the change of venues is a benefit and should help participants have a better understanding of what it means to live with cancer.
“At the football field there are lights so activities can last all night long. It also helps to appreciate what cancer is really about–it’s there around the clock.”
28 teams ranging from local businesses and churches to fire departments, have already signed up to participate in the 2004 relay.
Farragut encourages all cancer survivors to come be a part of the night. “They’re what it’s all about. They’ve been through the fights and they’re here to encourage those living with the disease to keep fighting.”
The Sevier County Relay For Life was one of only two counties (Macon County) in the state to raise over $200,000 in 2003. Farragut said the $213,000 last year was the most the Sevier County chapter of the organization has ever raised. He hopes the relay can bring in even more money this year
“We have a great night planned,” he said. “We think it’s going really well. Our goal for this year is to raise $235,000.”
The relay consists of team members taking a turn walking laps around the lighted track. Luminaries, representing cancer victims, are placed around the track to help guide the way. Farragut said this year’s event would feature live music, a live auction and a womanless beauty pageant.

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