Destin Relay For Life

Savannah Vasquez

Even with a rainy start, the annual Relay For Life event to fundraise for cancer research got underway Friday at the Destin Middle School track. Hundreds of people came out to help support local cancer fighters and survivors in a fun and interactive way, by walking through the night from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

“It was so amazing to see the Destin and South Walton communities come together to help defeat cancer,” said Destin Relay For Life Event Lead Megan Daemy. “I want to give a special thank you to this year’s Emerald Coast Event Leadership Committee. They really made this year awesome! Thank you to all our teams that came out in spite of the weather at first. We believe in the Destin Dome. Thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers!”

One Destin team that made a huge showing at the event was the Random Acts of Kindness Kids (RAKK) Club from Destin Elementary School. Twenty-one third and fourth graders gathered with parents and even a few teachers to support Relay For Life.

“We had a lot of fun,” said RAKK Club parent and team organizer Tami Scott. “The RAKK club kids did really good. Before the walk even started we had raised $5,000 and while we walked we earned about $500.”

Scott said the kids really got into the spirit of things and enjoyed the overnight experience.

“We were having a little contest inside our group of who did the most laps,” she said. “They also had a lip-sync battle which we won and they did a Mz. Relay onstage that my son Erik participated in, that was probably the highlight of the night.”

Scott explained that the Mz. Relay contest was men dressed in drag that strutted about onstage and answered questions such as what makes them sweet.

“Erik said what made him sweet was his purse and his drink,” Scott said with a laugh.

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