There are many annual events worth attending and being involved in here in the Golden Isles. Few of them bring out a crowd like Relay for Life.

This year’s annual celebration of survivors, which will raise money for cancer research and honor those we have lost, will be April 21. That means if you have not registered your team yet, now is the time. The event is still accepting fundraising teams. They can sign up at www.relayforlife.org/glynnga or by calling Ebonie Cohens at 912-764-7410.

Glynn County’s relay event has been a staple in the Isles for the past 22 years. During that time, the event has pulled in hundreds of thousands of dollars every year that goes to the American Cancer Society to support research to fight the disease.

Sadly, the disease has touched so many of our lives. It seems like almost everyone has a family member or knows someone whose life has changed because of cancer. That is part of what makes this event so impactful for so many people. Whether they are at the Brunswick Exchange Club Fairgrounds on April 21 to walk in the survivors’ walk, sign the wall in honor of a loved one or light a luminaria, most of the people at the event will have had some connection to cancer.

Its prevalence underscores the importance of an event like Relay for Life. More than just a fundraiser, it is a time for the community to come together and spend some quality time laughing and crying together, walking and dancing together and playing and praying together.

This year’s relay theme is “We Can be Heroes.” For someone who is battling cancer, folks who give of themselves to give to the cause are surely doing a hero’s work during the Relay for Life. Not only will their dedication to the cause will go a long way in making new inroads in cancer research, it will also go to things like the “Look Good, Feel Better” wig program or to help pay for lodging while people are getting treatment. Those little things can go along way for a family in the fight of their lives.

So with a month to go before the big event, get out there and find a way to get involved and make this year’s Relay for Life one to remember.