Relay for Life: Walk to remember. Walk to fight cancer.

April 26, 2011 

Walkers pass by one of the luminaries during the 2009 Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society at Naval Hospital Beaufort. This year’s Beaufort event is Friday at Beaufort Middle School.


The Lowcountry can make some serious strides in fighting cancer over the next four weekends.

A Relay for Life event will be held locally for four consecutive Friday nights starting this week in Beaufort followed by Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Ridgeland.

Walkers raise money to benefit the American Cancer Society before the 12-hour events. They then gather for an all-night walk around a track lit with luminaries, each honoring someone who has been touched by the disease. Each event typically takes on a personality of its own, with music, food for sale or other activities to keep the night lively.

Don't worry if you miss out on your local relay. Many walkers jump from walk to walk depending on their schedule.

"It's not too late to join," coordinator Mary Gwen Boyett said.


When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Beaufort Middle School, 2501 Mossy Oaks Road

Details: Lesa Allen-Gaither, 843-441-4277,


When: 6 p.m. May 6

Where: Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn

Details: Mary Gwen Boyett, 904-631-2740,


When: 7 p.m. May 13

Where: University of South Carolina-Beaufort Hilton Head Gateway campus, 1 University Blvd.

Details: Mary Gwen Boyett, 904-631-2740,


When: 7 p.m. May 20

Where: Ridgeland High School football field, 250 Jaguar Trail

Details: Mary Gwen Boyett, 904-631-2740,

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