Luminarias to help light the way to a cure at this year's Relay for Life
Polk County Enterprise, April 2007
LIVINGSTON -- Luminaria sales are under way for this year’s Polk County Relay for Life benefiting the American Cancer Society.
This year’s Polk County Relay for Life is slated for 7 p.m. Friday, April 27 to 7 a.m. Saturday, April 28.
A special luminaria ceremony will be held at 9 p.m. to remember or honor a loved one who battled cancer.
Anyone interested in purchasing a luminaria may do so by contacting a member of the luminaria committee — Mary Hazel Landers at (936)327-8291 or Judy Cochran at (936)327-4014.
Acknowledgement cards will be provided for the purchaser to mail to the person honored or the family of the person memorialized.
“It will be beautiful when all the bags with candles are illuminated around the track,” Landers said. “We hope to sell enough to light the entire area.”
To help light the way to a cure, log on to www.polkcountyrelay.org and purchase a luminaria, check out local teams or learn how you can join in this year’s event.
Relay for Life is a 12-hour celebration of cancer survivorship, as well as a family event that offers an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer by maximizing participation at the grassroots, community level.
Forty-four teams participated in Polk County’s 2006 Relay, raising over $154,000.
The 2007 event already has raised about $97,000.
In addition to raising funds for cancer research, individuals, companies and teams participating have the opportunity to enjoy hours of fun-filled activities at the overnight event that provides fellowship for the entire community.
The Believers - Team 1, led by Tammi Ogletree, is leading pre-event fund-raising with $7,713 as of Friday afternoon.
Memorial Medical Center, Livingston - Team 1 is currently ranked second with $6,364. Lecie Kelly is team captain.
Smiley Russell is the top individual fund-raiser and his International Paper team with over $6,000 collected, is ranked third.
Team standings are preliminary until the event’s bank night April 19. Awards are presented to the individual, family and team that raise the most money.
Rotary, Ding-A-Lings, Odyssey Healthcare Inc. and Baskins Dept. Store teams are still accepting new members, according to event chairman Jennifer Birdwell. Follow links from polkcountyrelay.org to join.
Each team plans individual find-raising efforts as well as activities throughout the night during Relay.
Cancer does not sleep, so neither do Relay participants. Relay For Life starts at dusk and ends the next morning. Daylight and darkness parallel the physical and emotional journey a cancer patient travels through diagnosis and treatment.
For details on additional ways to support Relay and its fight against cancer, call Jennifer Birdwell at (936) 327-4357.