Relay for Life, Pickens County raise money for cancer research

By D. C. Moody dmoody@civitasmedia.com

February 25, 2014

EASLEY — Relay for Life Pickens County held a flapjack fundraiser Saturday in conjunction with Applebee’s in Easley to a great turnout on a sunny day with a glimpse of spring in the air.

“We sold 106 tickets for breakfast and ended up raising $450 working with Applebee’s,” said Katrina Anderson, local director. “That’s triple what we made last year on one of our fundraisers and we did it with a great turnout. Applebee’s donated a $25 gift card in a drawing and that helped bring people out too.”

The flapjack fundraiser might have been the first local fundraiser in Pickens County for 2014, but the local chapter also received some help from the Greenville Road Warriors professional hockey organization. Feb. 21 was a night on the ice dedicated to Relay for Life and money was raised to help in the fight to find a cure with $20,000 being raised in one night on the auctioning of game jerseys.

“That money will be distributed across the state to the American Cancer Society,” Anderson explained. “It will be distributed to the counties in South Carolina to help all of our fundraising.”

With the Relay for Life walk looming just a few months away, the number of teams registered for 2014 continues to grow as well.

“Right now we’re at 17 teams registered, but I know we have at least 25 already participating,” Anderson said. “We usually average around 32 every year, so I think that number’s going to continue to grow.”

Relay for Life Pickens County estimates there has been approximately $1,400 locally so far in 2014.

The next fundraiser is already in the works as well.

“We are working with the team from Baptist Easley, looking at doing a silent auction in March,” Anderson explained. “The committee is working with their team on getting a date set and as soon as we have it, we’ll make sure everyone knows all about it.”