We must admit the Bee County Relay for Life caught us by surprise this year. Being held on Friday night (May 2) on the Bee County Courthouse square, however, it should have been well noticed by the public passing through Beeville’s busy downtown area. Usually this popular event is held on the A.C. Jones High School campus’ Veterans Memorial Stadium, but it was moved because of renovations to the football field. For those not familiar with the Relay for Life, it’s the community’s largest annual fundraiser in the fight against cancer. Almost everyone has experienced a dear friend or family member who has valiantly battled or lost a bout with this terrible disease. Organizers were hoping for a large turnout this year, painting the town purple (RFL’s color) and tying purple ribbons to downtown light poles. Also, they were awarding certificates to the best decorated businesses. In advance, we commend the efforts of Lisa Del Bosque, Normagrace Flores, Keith Farrell and others who were helping coordinate the Friday night event, which was scheduled to end at 1 a.m., instead of 7 a.m. Saturday as it has in years past. In addition, we encourage many more teams and participants to join in the fun games and silent auction, survivors’ lap and emotional luminaria ceremony. Already more than $26,000 had been raised this year to fight cancer, they reported in Wednesday’s issue. One thing’s for certain. It’s going to require much less effort for walkers/runners to complete one lap around the courthouse square than around the high school track. “It’s going to be more intimate because we are not going to be so spread out,” Flores said, in preparing for the teams’ campsites. Again, we hope numerous residents and visitors took the time to stop by the courthouse, congratulate a survivor, walk a lap, light a candle, make a donation and/or give thanks for the tremendous strides that have been made in cancer research.