Relay for Life
Did you know that Enka High School was one of the first youth-led Relay for Life events in the nation? Sue Moon, a teacher and coach at Enka, introduced Relay for Life to Enka High School in 2002. She encouraged the students, administration, and faculty to get involved...and they did...in a BIG WAY! Sue's passion for Relay was in memory of her sister, who fought cancer with great courage and determination.
In the early days, students from Enka's Key Club took on leadership roles and planned all of the Relay activities. Two of the students who planned the first event were John Hamlin and Mikael Scott. John, Mikael, and Sue Moon were instrumental in making Enka's Relay the success it is today.
As the event grew, the community caught the Relay bug, and Hominy Baptist Church began sponsoring the Survivor's dinner and ceremony. Sand Hill-Venable merged its established Relay Team with the Enka event, and in the years to follow, Candler, Hominy Elementary, and Enka Middle School jumped on board. The face of the Enka Relay changed rapidly, and soon, several businesses began supporting our fight against cancer.
When Sue began teaching in another county, she passed on the Enka Relay Chair to Debi Morgan, a fellow faculty member at EHS. Debi was the chair of the Enka Relay for 2 years (2009 - 2010). Debi is a 12-year breast cancer survivor and has participated in Relay for Life since her diagnosis. She served on the Asheville Relay planning committee and was the first participant to bring the 'booth' and games concept to the Asheville Relay event. Throughout the years, Debi's teams have raised over $150,000 for the American Cancer Society.
This year's chairperson will be Sarah Atkinson. Together with the help of a fantastic planning committee, which includes EHS students and representatives from all aspects of the Enka community, the future looks bright for the Enka Relay for Life!