A last minute change of venue didn't put a damper on the community's enthusiasm at the Morehouse Relay for Life on Friday evening. A pageant of walking shoes and survivors made their way through the Morehouse Activity Center, or MAC, from the evening's opening ceremony until relay closed early the next morning.
A major moment in all Relay for Life events is the survivor's walk, and this year participants proudly marched through the MAC behind a honor guard while wearing purple t-shirts and medals stating "Finish the Fight."
"I'm proud to be here," Rosie Turner, a cancer survivor and walk participant, said.
Her daughter, Rita Stanley, echoed the sentiment and said it was a miracle her mother was able to attend and also felt that the MAC ended up being a nice location for the event.
Over 2,000 people turned out at the MAC to support relay by purchasing food from individual teams, taking pictures at photo booths, attempting to dunk Bastrop High school faculty into a tank of water and buying wares the different Krewes offered.
"It was the most people that have ever turned out," Sara Hawkins, a Relay for Life volunteer, said. "With Dylan Scott and 11th Hour having been there, we were over-the-top with the money that was collected."
According to Heather Ford, a Relay for Life organizer, over $17,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society on Friday night alone. A final total including money earned before the event is not yet available.