Relay For Life reset for May 13-14
The threat of showers and thunderstorms Friday and into Saturday morning has led organizers of Burleson's Relay For Life to postpone the annual American Cancer Society fundraiser.
"We realized there was the potential for some bad weather," said event chair Amber O'Rourke. "We called the National Weather Service and the long-range forecast led us to make the change."
Burleson's 15th annual Relay For Life has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. May 13 to 7 a.m. May 14 at Kerr Middle School, 517 SW Johnson Avenue, when O'Rourke and other members of the organizing committee are hopeful the skies will be clear.
"We're pretty sure after making this decision that we won't receive any bad weather," O'Rourke said. "We decided it wasn't worth the risk. We can wait and have a really fun event."
The forecast from 10 a.m. Friday and into Saturday had called for 100 percent chance of rain, the National Weather Service told O'Rourke.
"It wasn't if it was going to happen, it was when and how bad it was going to be," she said. "We didn't feel this was a good mixture for the community and those we have supporting this event who are battling cancer."
She's hopeful that by rescheduling the event, participants will have a chance to eclipse the challenge to raise $140,000 and a lifetime milestone of $2.5 million in the effort to find a cure for cancer.
There are presently 50 teams and 434 participants registered for the event. They have raised a reported $73,598 toward the goal, but Tuesday was a scheduled bank night when that fundraising total had a chance to grow. Pathway Church's Cancer Fighters are the present team leaders with $12,320 raised.
The support from Burleson and other communities through the years have resulted in research funds that have advanced treatment, said Beth Anne Underwood, community manager for the American Cancer Society.
"It is because of the efforts you have made," she said.
Burleson has raised about $2.43 million to date, including funds reported prior to Tuesday's bank night.
"The decision we made to reschedule was in consideration of the community. Safety should always come first," O'Rourke said. "We have hard-working teams and our event is what they look forward to. We wanted it to be the best it could be."