'We Bleed Purple': South Walton Relay for Life seeking more support

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Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 05:05 PM.

This year marks 100 years since the American Cancer Society (ACS) was founded by 15 physicians and businessmen in New York City .

ACS has contributed to the fight against all forms of cancer through education, research and annual events — such as Relay for Life — held all over the country.

It wasn't until nine years ago that South Walton was a part of the Relay fun thanks to sponsorship chairperson, Alicia Keeter, who has spent the past 13 years volunteering with ACS.

"It was a huge undertaking," Keeter said.

The South Walton Relay for Life has its challenges. The committee has only a handful of volunteers — they call themselves the Relay Divas — handling the annual event and has trouble drawing in the crowds off 30A.

"If we could just get one person to come from 30A, then we've succeeded," said event chairperson Valerie Brunson.  

Relay for Life volunteers rely on the kindness of their community to make the event happen. Last year, necessities such as tents, stage, tables and chairs were all donated.  When it comes to shopping for each year's Relay, Brunson said she's looking for goods that are "free or less." Brunson and Keeter credit businesses such as Chelco and Grand Boulevard for their generosity.

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