If cancer could be killed by running it over with a truck, the participants in this weekend’s Relay for Life “Truckin for a Cure” parade would have the disease dispatched in an hour.
The parade will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday on Railroad Street in Laurinburg, with a southbound processional on Main Street ending at the National Guard Armory. Some 20 vehicles are expected to participate, from tractor trailers to smaller noncommercial trucks.
“Relay is all about different communities coming together to join the fight against cancer, and and this is just another way to bring another community into that and expand the exposure,” said Relay co-chair Stewart Thomas. “It’s kind of hard to miss an 18-wheeler truck coming down Main Street with the air horns on.”
The parade is sponsored by Jackson’s Diesel Service of Maxton.
“I’ve always supported Relay for Life for years - my father was a truck driver and he passed away because of cancer,” said James Jackson. “My cousin Stacy that works here with me, his father passed away with cancer, so I guess that’s the reason why.”
The parade lineup will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Scotland High School visitors’ lot, and participants may register in the lineup. Fees are $100 to enter large trucks, $50 for small to medium commercial vehicles, and $25 for small noncommercial trucks.
All proceeds from the event will be directed to Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.
Onlookers to the parade are welcomed, and may take vantage points along the Main Street parade route.