Building up to this year’s Relay for Life of Surry and Mount Airy on Oct. 2 at Veteran’s Memorial Park, the Surry Cancer Awareness Team is demonstrating the resilient nature of hope with a traveling installation they are calling “Hope Travels.”
Hope is represented by the shirts that are given to cancer survivors who register for Relay for Life events. The shirts are not for sale and cannot be bought. Hundreds of thousands of these shirts have been given to cancer survivors by the American Cancer Society and a few of them are making their way around Mount Airy from now until the Relay in October.
The shirts began their journey at 13 Bones where for the past week they have been draped over the back of bar stools in silent honor of cancer survivors. Carolyn Largen, who represents the Surry Cancer Awareness team, says 13 Bones was chosen as the starting point for the “Hope Travels” tour of the city due to the restaurant’s previous high level of support for the team.
Angie Venable, co-owner of 13 Bones, also affirmed the restaurant’s commitment to community involvement and especially the Cancer Awareness Team. She stated that a team benefit held at 13 Bones on Aug. 5 raised $3,800 for Susan G. Komen Northwest NC and that 75 percent of the net proceeds from that event will stay in the community. Another 13 Bones co-owner, Ellie Needham, is proud that the benefit tripled the proceeds raised at a different venue last year.
The “Hope Travels” tour moved to Subway on Hwy. 601 earlier this week and will travel to Pages Books and Coffee on Aug. 24. From there, the shirts go to Little Richard’s Barbecue on Aug. 31, to Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies on Sept. 7, to Thai Cafe on Sept. 14 and to Chick-fil-a on Sept. 21. The rest of the schedule remains to be announced.
Wherever the shirts are located, there is a purple bucket with cards that can be filled out to register for Relay for Life events or to buy other shirts that are for sale. Registration can also be done at www.relayforlife.org/surrymtairync.
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