Thursday, February 1, 2007
Goal set at $55,000 for June 8 Relay
By BETH BREITHAUPT
Over 50 party-goers enjoyed the kick-off celebration for the Marshall County Relay for Life last Thursday evening at the Eddie Lee Smith Multi-Purpose Center in Holly Springs.
The Relay for Life is a county-hosted, nationwide fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society.
This years’ theme is “Making Every Day A Holiday From Cancer” and Connie Mason decorated the tables with tablecloths and items depicting every holiday from New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day all the way through Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each team will choose a holiday and decorate their campsite at the Relay event to be held June 8, on the football field at Sam Coopwood Park.
The goal for Marshall County this year is $55,000, an increase of only $2,000 over last year’s funds raised by over 300 volunteers.
Lisa Liddy welcomed everyone and emceed the short program. Patricia Selman sang “The Wind Beneath My Wings” after the A.M.C. pledge was recited by all. It states, “I confirm that we are here to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, to support those fighting cancer, and to remember those we have lost. Our commitment will be symbolized in each and every step, moving us nearer to our goal -- the goal of a cancer-free world for future generations.”
Honorary chairpersons for 2007 are Florean White and Mary Ann Day. Jackie Mora encouraged people to take up the fight, and showed the newly designed T-shirt which will be given to each team member, to be worn during the 12-hour walking relay. There are many other prizes which a team can work for, such as jackets, hats, tote bags, insulated coffee mugs, and also big items like DVD players and electronics.
Mary Ann Day gave a personal testimony of her fight against cancer and what it means to be a survivor. Before recognizing the survivors present, she said that there are no more “bad hair days.” After losing her hair to chemotherapy, and it taking a long time to grow back, she said she’s just glad to have hair, regardless of what it looks like.
Frances Underwood, luminaria chairman, explained the different luminaria prices and how they will be custom decorated in honor of, or in memory of, a cancer victim.
Connie Mason then introduced the committee members before the food was blessed and the fellowship began.
There is still plenty of time for teams to be formed. Landry Hearn is recruitment chairman. You only need about a dozen people to form a team, which is then responsible for raising a minimum of $1,000 before the Relay for Life in June. The team can raise the money any way they want to --- raffles, donations, fish frys, barbecues, talent shows, payroll deductions, beauty contests, anything legal!
Funds raised go to research, education, advocacy and service, all over America and right here in Marshall County. Anyone in Marshall County fighting cancer can be helped by the money raised here. For information and support, anyone can call, day or night, 1-800-ACS-2345. For information on the Marshall County Relay for Life, call Connie Mason at Holly Springs City Hall.
There are no families untouched by cancer. It knows no prejudice -- it strikes without regard to age, color, social status, family responsibility, education, lifestyle, or anything else. It strikes loved ones, friends, co-workers, neighbors, acquaintences, and strangers.
Because of research and education, early detection, new drugs and treatments, many people are surviving who would not have had a chance at life even 20 years ago.
Won’t you join the fight to help someone you know?
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