GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) — For more than 36 years, communities around the world have come together to raise awareness and funds to help fight cancer.
Pitt County held its Relay For Life Saturday Eventnot only to raise funds for the fight against cancer, but also to McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society.
“We are thrilled to showcase this magnificent facility and to come together and celebrate advances in the fight against cancer,” said Melanie McCullough, chief marketing officer of the American Cancer Society.
Cancer survivors took a tour around the lodge to celebrate their victory. Caregivers of those still battling cancer also took a turn, some holding hands.
The McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge provides cancer patients and caregivers with a place to stay that lives at least 40 miles away.
“Guests have often called it home from home,” said Susan Sugg, assistant manager of McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge. “So these people come without knowing each other, but they all have something in common. They are all battling this nasty disease, and not only are our other families kind of embracing these new people coming in, but our staff have the opportunity to not only open our homes, but also our hearts.
Relay For Life participant Bonnie Robtoy is a cancer survivor and cancer caregiver. Robtoy said that with her husband receiving treatment every day, the Hope Lodge makes the difficult times easier.
“I am a cancer survivor and five years cancer free. And it’s just amazing to show support for everyone who is fighting,” said Robtoy.
Families and the community spent the night together supporting survivors and remembering those who are no longer here.
“Relay For Life is really special…it’s a movement, it’s community for people to know they’re not alone with cancer,” McCullough said.
Relay For Life is a good time to raise awareness among people struggling with cancer, but they need help beyond the event. Hope Lodge also welcomes volunteers to assist guests.