‘Dreams Come True’ at Relay

RUSSELL HOOD/STAFF Cancer survivors walk around the hospital track during Friday night’s Relay for Life.

RUSSELL HOOD/STAFF
Cancer survivors walk around the hospital track during Friday night’s Relay for Life.

From Staff Reports

RUSSELL HOOD/STAFF Chip Powell battles with another player in the Webster County Schools’ inflatable jousting arena.

RUSSELL HOOD/STAFF
Chip Powell battles with another player in the Webster County Schools’ inflatable jousting arena.

Webster Countians turned out Friday night to demonstrate their support for cancer education and research during the 2014 Relay for Life.
“Where Relay Dreams Come True” was the theme of the annual American Cancer Society fundraiser at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora’s walking track.
Jonathan Holmes served as master of ceremonies, with Bill Stewart singing the national anthem and Jason Carson giving the invocation during the opening ceremony. Connie Black, director of Food and Nutrition at NMMC-Eupora, served as Relay chair.

Joyful Noise Quartet performs

Joyful Noise Quartet performs

RUSSELL HOOD/STAFF Long Time Coming (16-year-old triplets Christian, Embry and Logan Long) perform.

RUSSELL HOOD/STAFF
Long Time Coming (16-year-old triplets Christian, Embry and Logan Long) perform.

Restored performs gospel songs.

Restored performs gospel songs.

COURTESY PHOTO These costumed characters  bring a magical presence to Relay.

COURTESY PHOTO
These costumed characters bring a magical presence to Relay.

COURTESY PHOTO This collage shows the sky lantern release, “HOPE” sign and luminarias lining the track.

COURTESY PHOTO
This collage shows the sky lantern release, “HOPE” sign and luminarias lining the track.

Relay chair Connie Black

Relay chair Connie Black

Joyce Pittman and Bonita Martin carry the banner for the Fox Corner Extended team.

Joyce Pittman and Bonita Martin carry the banner for the Fox Corner Extended team.

The event included survivor, caregiver and teams laps, Luminaria and Torch of Hope ceremonies, and a sky lantern release. Nancy Bagwell spoke during the luminaire ceremony about surviving cancer.

Throughout the night, Relay team booths were selling concessions and other items, children enjoyed playing on inflatables and area talent provided musical entertainment.
Lloyd Young and Frances Cresap were named Relay King and Queen. Top Relay teams were Tomnolen Baptist Church, Fox Corner Extended and Eupora First Baptist Church.
Providing musical entertainment were Justin Boatman, the Eupora High School Jazz Band, Joyful Noise Quartet, Elvis tribute artist Josh Buford and daughter Presley, Long Time Coming, Restored, Garrett Oswalt and Arey Wilson, and South of Memphis.


Eupora FBC’s Relay team walks around the track.

Eupora FBC’s Relay team walks around the track.