The American Cancer Society’s Orange County Relay for Life will hold its 12th annual event May 6 at Bridge City High School’s Larry Ward Stadium and “Heroes Among Us” will be on the track participating for their fifth consecutive year.

Sue Ferguson, “Heroes Among Us” co-captain said, “Through the years our family, as many other families, have been forced to deal with cancer. Many of our loved ones lost their fight, but still others made it through.”

Her team, comprised of family and friends, along with 95 other Orange County Relay for Life teams, are scheduled to participate May 6.

The teams are there to fight back against cancer, celebrate survivorship, and remember those that have lost their battle.

“Cancer became a reality to us in 2000 when a dear aunt of ours died from lung cancer. Then, shortly after, in 2003, my uncle was diagnosed with lymphoma. I’ll never forget the day the doctor told us the outcome of the testing. We were devastated and full of questions,” Ferguson said.

Her uncle was able to win his battle; but later he relapsed and lost his fight.

“It was at this time that my family and I decided to step up and try to do at least a small part to help fight cancer,” she said.

She and her sister Nan Allen formed the team “Heroes Among Us” in 2006 and have co-captained it ever since.

“We formed our relay team and named it ‘Heroes Among Us’ because everyone that we have known to have fought this disease has truly been heroes,” Ferguson said.

Relay for Life gives local communities the opportunity to raise money for cancer research in the hope of finding a cure, and local Relay events also provide support to local individuals currently in treatment.

With a week and a half remaining before the event, 898 individuals have signed up to participate on Orange County Relay for Life teams, and have already raised over $95,000.
“We hope through all the relay teams working so diligently to raise funds, we will find a cure for cancer soon. The education for early detection, new drugs, and research has brought huge changes in recent years,” Ferguson said.

The Orange County Relay “Teaming Up Against Cancer”  is a 12 hour event which will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 6 and last until 6 a.m. Saturday, May 7. Teams, comprised of 8 – 15 members each will have at least one team member on the track at all times during the night.

Fun activities and events will be held throughout the evening to provide entertainment.

Cancer survivorship will be celebrated with survivors walking the opening lap.

A candlelight luminaria ceremony will also be held.

Ferguson said, “We have lost many family members and friends to this disease. We honor them and many others at the luminaria ceremony. We also honor those in treatment and those in remission. We hope these heroes will always stand among us as we look forward to our future.”

To learn more about the Orange County Relay for Life, visit the event website at or contact Kerri Arrington at 670-7459.