LAKE WYLIE — Six hours of festivities Sunday on Lake Wylie happened for one reason: Emma Poplin-Revels.
Hundreds flocked to the grass area between T-bones on the Lake and Buster Boyd Access Area for the 11th annual Lake Wylie Children’s Charity, which helps local families facing pediatric cancer.
Within an hour, the shoreline was packed. Perhaps it was because of the sunny, breezy fall day in the 70s. Maybe it was the children’s games and activities lining a portion of the green space or the food, silent auction, bake sale and other festivities on the other side. Or possibly, it was the main attraction of about six bands volunteering to rock the crowd. But whatever the reason, for 11 years the concert has helped to collect what annually totals tens of thousands of dollars.
“It’s really good to see this many people who would be willing to support a kid they’ve never met before,” said Emma’s dad, Derek Revels of Fort Mill. “It’s heartwarming.”
Revels admits he had never been to the charity concert, or heard of it, before Emma, 3 – who has acute lymphocytic leukemia – was chosen as a recipient.
“It’s a little overwhelming,” he said Sunday.
Crystal Moore of Lake Wylie can relate. Her son, Luke, then 3, was the 2012 recipient. He continues his maintenance phase for his leukemia diagnosis, she said, while he attends preschool at Kinard Elementary School. She, Luke and his younger brother, Brandon, were all there on Sunday.
“We had to (give) support,” she said, for Emma’s family and the charity that has done so much for her family.
More ways to help
Anytime Fitness will hold its second Super Hero 5K & Kids 1-mile Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 12 to benefit the Lake Wylie Children’s Charity. 5K registration costs $25, while the fun run is $10. Register at Anytime Fitness-Lake Wylie, 131 Evergreen Road, or online at www.active.com. Same-day registration will be available. Visit www.lkwchildrenscharity.org.