Animals, music, food, and fun at Relay for Life in Iberville

Darian Graivshark
Lila Aucoin helped raise $1,000 for her hair donation fundraiser.

On April 6, Iberville hosted their Relay for Life that raises awareness of cancer within their community.

There were plenty of activities going on throughout the evening at the fundraiser. The Plaquemine City Police and Fire Department participated in a Corn Hole Tournament, which began at 4 p.m. which cost $50 per team of doubles. A petting zoo with ducks, goats, bunnies, and llamas were in attendance, and you could feed them for a $1 dollar donation.

Opening ceremony began at 5 p.m., the Survivor Lap started at 6 p.m., the Luminaria Ceremony started at 8:30 p.m., fireworks shot up at 8:45 p.m., and the closing ceremony took place at 10 p.m. Hamburgers, hotdogs, nachos, fried fish, fettuccine, popcorn, and sweet treats were available to purchase throughout the night.

The event began at 4 p.m., and many students from different schools came at convenient times for them to walk a lap around the track at the event. Michelle Sharon, MC for the evening, said that this event represents hope for those who have fought, and that they will not be forgotten.

Sharon Tyson, Honorary Chairperson for Survivors, shared her story and said, "I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February of 2018. I am now a survivor. I lost three family members to cancer, so cancer wasn't something new to me. I'm just happy to be able to be here today."

"I am pleased to have been a part of Sharon's journey," Tyson's doctor, Dr. Andrew Freel, said. "It's amazing to see the courage and strength she exuded. It's very inspiring and things like this make the job more enjoyable."

Mayor of Plaquemine, "Ed" Reeves, said, "My mother passed away on July 25, 2009 from cancer. So, my wife and I have a special place in our heart for this cause."

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