Saturday, June 8, 2013
This is the sign that lit up Robb's Ball Field Complex last night at our 10th Annual Relay for Life event. Hundreds of participants gathered to celebrate and fight against cancer despite the bad weather. Even the rain from Andrea couldn't damper the spirits. Several hundred survivors proudly walked the victory lap in a sea of yellow shirts.
Our little town always turns out in full force for this event. There have been no totals announced yet but you can be sure it will be an impressive number.
But it seems that in today's society there are always some idiots who want to insert evil and cruelty into what should have been a positive, uplifting night of fundraising, fellowship and support. Another Relay event was happening last night in Halifax, just 2 hours away from here. In less than an hour after it got underway Police received a bomb threat indicating something similar to the Boston Marathon bombings would take place. They had no choice but to take this seriously and the site was immediately evacuated and the event cancelled.
I am just stunned that someone would do that. Volunteers work for months organizing these events. Teams fundraise for months. And Survivors deserve to take that victory lap. Yet, in a cruel hoax it was all taken away from those in Halifax. Hopefully the police will be able to identify the caller and I hope they receive the maximum penalty.
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