TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Each year, the Project Hope organization raises money for cancer, diabetes and heart patients.Teams raise money throughout the year and at the end celebrate with what's called a "Fun Day."
As the band Dusty Vinyl dusted off a few oldies on stage, kids were having a ball too with a variety of events.
Organizers at Project Hope say it's a chance to blow a little steam and encourage those who have survived cancer and are coping with heart disease and diabetes.
It's a chance to also celebrate the $1.2 million that fundraising teams have brought in this year.
"Not only do we celebrate today the money that we've raised, we also celebrate the people out here who are survivors," said Teri Ward, a Project Hope founder. "We know that the money that we are raising is also helping us to celebrate a survivorship that is awesome and probably the biggest reason that we are out here."
"It's just a family event. We have the hamburger plates. We have the jumpies [where kids] can play for a five-dollar arm band. Parents can eat. And we have a wonderful band playing. Everybody can enjoy it as a family affair," said Christy Miller, this year's Project Hope Chairman.
There was a host of survivors recognized at the event Saturday as well as Marsha Gross of Tupelo, who was dubbed a "Special Angel."
She is a cancer survivor who knows how tough it is to fight off the dreaded disease.
"But it's something that we need to make more aware to people so that they'll be more educated and take care of their bodies and go get mammograms," Gross said. "And get a physical, because this is the only body that we have. It means that we can raise money and we can help patients in our local area. We can be neighbors helping neighbors. We can help people with heart disease, cancer and diabetes. We can also give education scholarships to kids going on to college.''
That's just part of the reason why so many here Saturday were having such a great time in Tupelo.