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Thirty teams converged on the Orangeburg County Fairgrounds for the American Cancer Society's signature fundraising event on April 26, and raised more than $100,000 in the fight against the disease.

2019 Orangeburg County Relay for Life Kickoff April 26

The 2019 Orangeburg County Relay for Life was held under the theme "Sending Out An SOS ... Serving Our Survivors."

"We had a great event. There was a little bit of wind at the very beginning that we thought threatened to kind of shut us down, but we just kind of hung tight and rode it through. It was a beautiful day, and we just had a great event," said Delle Bolen, Orangeburg County Relay for Life Committee co-chair.

Bolen said on Wednesday that the event raised $106,000, surpassing a $100,000 fundraising goal. She said money is still being turned in, with the committee ultimately expecting to raise approximately $110,000.

A survivors’ lap was held during the event, along with a luminary service to remember those who have died of cancer and to honor cancer survivors. A fireworks show followed.

"We probably had about 200 survivors that made the first lap. It was pretty awesome," Bolen said.

She said she is appreciative of the continued support that the community has provided for the annual event.

2019 Orangeburg County Relay for Life Kickoff April 26

"We just always want to thank the Orangeburg and Bamberg communities for stepping up and supporting this great cause. Cancer is a great equalizer. It effects everyone in one way or another, and this community just steps up and supports the American Cancer Society in their efforts to find a cure for cancer."

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Dionne Gleaton has been a staff writer with The T&D for 20 years. She has been an education reporter, regional reporter and currently writes features with an emphasis on health.

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