The 2017 annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life raised over $42,000 for cancer research and Phillips County patient services. The rain did not stop the many volunteers and cancer survivors from coming out to this year's event, which was held Saturday April 29 inside the Central High School gymnasium.

The 2017 annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life raised over $42,000 for cancer research and Phillips County patient services. The rain did not stop the many volunteers and cancer survivors from coming out to this year’s event, which was held Saturday April 29 inside the Central High School gymnasium.

This year’s theme was Dr. Seuss and each team decorated their areas with a different Dr. Seuss book. Awards were given out to the following teams for their participation: Best Campsite – Phillips County Developmental Center, Best T-shirt Design – Heavens Hard Hittas, Most Money Raised – Wal-Mart, Best On-Site Fundraiser – Helena Regional Medical Center.

The top team fundraiser was Walmart, which collected over $5,060 in donations. Coming in not far behind was Great Rivers Co-Op, which raised over $3,163. More than 300 people participated – split into 17 teams. The teams represented this year were: Walmart, Southern Bancorp, Helena Regional Medical Center, Team Arnold, Great Rivers Educational Cooperative, H & M Lumber, Barton Schools, AKA Sorority, Heavens Hard Hittas, Phillips County Survivors, Entergy, PCDC, Marvell Cheerleaders, New Light Baptist Church, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Kiwanis Club of Helena-West Helena.

Ivory Joe Heard served as the DJ for this year’s event and entertainment was provided by the following groups: Eliza Miller Honor’s Choir, Central High School Marching Band, Elite Bucket Drumline and the Eliza Miller Cougar Cat Drumline, all under the direction of Pat Mugridge. Cheerleaders from Barton, Marvell and the Helena-West Helena Boys and Girls Club cheer team also performed for the audience. Line dancing by Verna Boyd and Zumba by Janice Williams were also big hits this year.

The team members from H & M Lumber once again had a successful Box Car Race, which is sponsored by West Horner Motor Co.

The committee thanks the Helena West Helena School Board for providing the venue for this year’s event.

Money raised in the 2017 Relay For Life will be used for programs and services as well as cancer research at The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock.

To learn more about Relay For Life, visit www.RelayForLife.org.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. For more information, call

1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.