Porter-Gaud School Relay For Life


Porter-Gaud hosted its first Relay for Life on Friday night and raised almost $7000 for The American Cancer Society. Around 300 students, faculty, and parents participated in the event organized by Director of Community Service Gretchen Tate and her service leaders. While Porter-Gaud participates in Relay for Life each year, this marks the first time we have hosted an event. The entire track was lined with more than 450 luminarias, each representing someone connected to our School Family who has been affected by this terrible disease.

Students played games on the field, and when the sun went down, the lights went off and the wonderfully moving Luminaria Ceremony began. A representative from the American Cancer Society was on hand to offer information about where these funds will go and the lives that will be affected. The crowd heard from Ben Schools, a Porter-Gaud Junior who recently battled cancer. He thanked his peers for their tremendous support.

After the ceremony, cancer survivors took to the track, followed by family members and care givers. It was truly a night to be proud of. Our School Family shined brightly in the darkness as we celebrated the survivors, encourages those still battling the disease, and mourned those who have been lost.