The teams have raised money throughout the year with various
fundraisers that include purchase of ďfundraising feet" at area
businesses and such -- coin cans, scratch and give cards, dress
down/jean days at work, hat days at school where students pay one
dollar and wear a hat, and Culverís nights. Teams also get support
and sponsorship directly from various area businesses.
Rachel Ray, a Relay for Life specialist from the Springfield
American Cancer Society office says that funds raised are used for
areas such as research, education, and patient support.
Rachael Ray, Relay For Life specialist from
the Springfield American Cancer Society office displaying
information on fundraising for the Relay.
A team captain, Trenton Crawford, says that much of the funding
collected for the Relay is used locally to provide free rides for
out-of-town treatments, free wigs and makeovers for patients, and
for lodging at HOPE lodge, which is for people far from home who
have family members receiving aggressive treatments.
Ray reports that there are 21 teams this year. This yearís co-chairs
are Tonita Reifsteck and Esther Boward and the honorary co-chairs
are cancer survivors Nancy Reese and Nichole Bottrell.
The theme for 2014 is "Cooking up a Cure for Cancer," which Ray says
encourages healthy eating and lifestyle.
Chairperson Tonita Riefsteck assisting people
at Relay for Life Bank Night.
Relay T-shirts say "Finish the Fight." Tonita Reifsteck reminds
teams that some still need to sign up for survivor's shirts because
they will only be available for those who sign up.
Team captain Lindsey Lafrance has team shirts with purple ribbons
that she will also be selling around town. As the event nears, teams
will "paint the town purple" with yard signs and posters displayed
at area homes and businesses.
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Bill Post noted that there is still time to order luminaries in
memory of cancer patients.
Bill Post collecting the money for the
Seven year survivor Kathleen Brumbaugh says she is part of the Relay
for Life because of her own cancer, and because she has lost several
family and friends to cancer. Her team is made up of members from
the Logan County Breast Cancer Support Group.
On the night of the relay, Friday, July 25, events will begin with
the survivorís dinner at 4 p.m. The opening ceremony follows at 6
p.m. with a welcome by Master of Ceremonies John Guzzardo and an
opening prayer by Pastor and cancer survivor Robert Long.
The American Legion Post 263 will then present the flags and
Debbie Ross will sing the National Anthem.
Trenton Crawford and Kathleen Brumbaugh will read the mission
statement, followed by introduction of honorary co-chairs Reese
and Bottrell who will read their bios.
Soloist Lesleigh Bennett will kick off the survivorís lap and
soloist Sheralyn Bolton will start the caregiverís lap, followed by
soloist Laurin Hill for the kids 10-and-under lap. When all teams
have been introduced at their campsites, team laps will begin after
Jennifer Keith reads the 'Fight Back' statement.
Activities throughout the evening and early morning hours will
include a live auction, solos by survivors Monica Hay and Kim
McFarland, signing by Angela Rogers and Praise Handmade, music by
the groups Trash and Spotlight Entertainment 2, line dancing led
first by Suzanne Gowin and later Bob Hashman, Limbo and jump rope
contests, a scavenger hunt, and Bingo. At 4 a.m. teams will
participate in Zumba in order to renew their energy.
The events will close with a prayer by Teresa Luken followed by a
The teams will have one final meeting for the relay at Lincoln
Christian Church on July 14 at 7:00 p.m.
[By ANGELA REINERS]