The American Cancer Society in Statesboro just announced the co-chairs for the 2017 Relay for Life in Bulloch County. Kay Nay, community manager in Statesboro, said Chris Wiggins, a relationship banker at Sea Island Bank, and Lori Wiggins, an administrative assistant in Georgia Southern University's Department of Technology and Learning, will lead the 2017 event.
Chris and Lori are not related, but they are great friends and have been active in the Statesboro Relay for Life for nearly a decade.
Both Lori and Chris lost family members and friends to cancer and have seen the positive impact the critical funds raised in Bulloch County have had on cancer research and prevention. They announced that GSU will join the Bulloch County Relay for Life for one large event from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, April 28, at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds. They have set a goal of $138,500 for the 2017 relay.
Also, local photographer and cancer survivor Lori Grice was selected as the honorary chair. Grice gives survivors a face at the relay and will represent all survivors. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer 14 months after her daughter was born and underwent her first surgery on her 33rd birthday. She is now celebrating 14 years of being cancer free.
"It is a wonderful honor to serve as honorary chair of Relay," Grice said. "Every day is a gift for me. There is no question that I survived cancer because of technology and treatments developed through cancer research, which is funded by events throughout the world like Relay for Life.
"I encourage you to join me in relaying for your future and our children's future in addition to remembering those who we have lost to cancer. Together, we will exceed our goal and continue to make a difference for so many in our community."
The theme this year is Dr. Seuss inspired, "One Wish, Two Wish, I Wish, You Wish for a Cure."
There are lots of ways to get involved, Grice said.
"Pull together coworkers, your Sunday school class or a group of friends and form a team. The minimum commitment for a team is only $100 per person," she said. "You will have an amazing time supporting our community in relaying for a cure."
In addition to encouraging and supporting teams, local businesses can also sponsor the event. Sponsorship levels range from $250 to $5,000.
To learn more about how to get involved in Relay for Life, to sign up a team or sponsor the event, contact Kay Nay at (912) 764-7410 or email@example.com.