The wind and rain storm tried to upend the annual benefit for the American Cancer Society, held this year at Saltillo City Park.
“It was a rough night,” said Elizabeth Fair, a community representative with the American Cancer Society’s Tupelo office.
When the wind and storms came, organizers were able to move inside to the community center, but not before a folder with the lists for the luminaries and $150 collected that night blew away, Fair said.
The lights honor cancer survivors and memorialize those who have lost the battle and are a hallmark for the Relay for Life event.
The people attending the Relay for Life dug in their pockets and gave $600, more than replacing the money lost, Fair said.
But the real surprise was that volunteer Gene Echols was able to find all the papers with the names of people to be honored.
“It was pretty miraculous,” Fair said.
In all, the Lee County Relay for Life was able to raise $48,000 to benefit cancer research, information services and community programs, Fair said.
Friday’s other Relay for Life events scheduled around Northeast Mississippi had to be canceled and will be rescheduled.
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