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‘Relay’ raises $42,145 for cancer fight

Teams brave rain during overnight event at track
By MARIE BAKKEN
Reporter Staff Writer

Relayers young and not quite so young made Tiger Field track their home overnight Friday in annual American Cancer Society event. Reporter photos by Mike Brown and Marie Bakken Relayers young and not quite so young made Tiger Field track their home overnight Friday in annual American Cancer Society event. Reporter photos by Mike Brown and Marie Bakken Cancer doesn’t stop for rain and neither did the eighth annual Milam County Relay for Life which raised $42,145 overnight Friday in its efforts to help fight cancer.

The American Cancer Society fund-raiser at Tiger Field continued through drizzle and downpours during the early hours, but went on through the night with ceremonies, auctions, entertainment, games and food.

In nine years the event has now raised over $392,000.

Money is still coming in and will be accepted until August for this year’s total, according to event chair Trina Edwards.

“Individuals, businesses, churches, schools and civic organizations worked in harmony to make a difference in the lives of our brothers, sisters, moms, dads, sons and daughters and we can all be proud,” Edwards said.

RHS sophomore Victoria Garza donated her ponytail to Locks of Love program which provides hairpieces for ill teenagers. Barber for the night was classmate Paige Johnson, a leukemia survivor. RHS sophomore Victoria Garza donated her ponytail to Locks of Love program which provides hairpieces for ill teenagers. Barber for the night was classmate Paige Johnson, a leukemia survivor. Luminarias

Heaviest rain showers came at the beginning of the somber Luminaria Ceremony as the stadium was darkened and only light came from the illuminated bags surrounding the track.

Each bag represented someone who has beaten or fallen to cancer. Each name was read aloud and Delena Meuth of Bastrop gave her testimony as a cancer caregiver.

Entertainment included the Sunset Praise Dancers from Rising Star Baptist Church in Rockdale and karaoke from Becky Mueller. Christian rock band Fireproof and the RHS Golden Girls didn’t perform due to the rain.

“I felt that we had a good turnout considering the rain and hope that the upcoming year will see better weather and more team participants,” event co-chair Kim Jeter said. “I want to thank everyone who came out.”

Monty Beyer (center) of the Walmart relay team was selected Miss-ter Relay with Chad Henderson (R) of the Lifesavers first runner-up and Dylan Carter of the knockouts second runner-up. Monty Beyer (center) of the Walmart relay team was selected Miss-ter Relay with Chad Henderson (R) of the Lifesavers first runner-up and Dylan Carter of the knockouts second runner-up. Repeat winner

The Lifesavers team from Richards Memorial Hospital and Little River Healthcare Services took home the Ultimate Team Trophy for the second consecutive year.

Team members also earned awards as Most Spirited Team and Top Money Making Team with $7,858.

Walmart Crusaders for a Cure was second, raising $4,786.

Forest Grove Christian Church was third, raising $2,720.

Other awards included:

Most spir ited relayer— Douglas Mauldin, Team Ga Ga.

Top relayer— Tiffany Davis, Crusaders Against Cancer.

From left, JoLeen Eiklenborg led Fight Back ceremony, luminarias honored cancer victims, survivors, John Fisher served as the event’s auctioneer. From left, JoLeen Eiklenborg led Fight Back ceremony, luminarias honored cancer victims, survivors, John Fisher served as the event’s auctioneer. Top onsite fund-raiser— Lee’s Landing.

Top new team— Stomp-alump agus, Ideal Poultry of Cameron.

Best campsite— Walmart.

Edwards said that with the new teams and faces at this year’s event, hopes are next year the group will surpass this year’s amount raised.

“We are so excited about the new teams involved in the 2010 Relay and encouraged by our returning teams,” she said. To make a donation, contact Edwards at 979-542-8493 or milamcountyrelay@yahoo.com.


Cancer survivors, and neighbors, Elizabeth Holloway (L) and Billie Noack check out Relay schedule during break in the rain. Cancer survivors, and neighbors, Elizabeth Holloway (L) and Billie Noack check out Relay schedule during break in the rain.


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