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Relay raises $30,000 for cancer fight


At 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Briana Wieczorek (third from right), RHS senior, begins her 100th lap with cheering Relay for Life supporters. 
Photo courtesy Cindy Leonard At 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Briana Wieczorek (third from right), RHS senior, begins her 100th lap with cheering Relay for Life supporters. Photo courtesy Cindy Leonard The ninth annual Relay for Life raised about $30,000 for cancer research and education overnight Friday at the Cameron Junior- High track.

This year’s event, renamed Relay For Life of Milam County, was the first one hosted by Cameron. Previous events were held in Rockdale.

“We had raised $26,091 by 2 a.m.,” event chair Kim Jeter said. “That total does not include one of the teams, which has yet to turn in their fund raisers. We’re hoping to get really close to the $30,000 mark.”

She said teams have until Aug. 31 to turn in money to be counted toward this year’s event.

Counting the 2011 total, Relay for Life has now raised about $412,000 in Milam County over the past nine years.

Jeter listed the top three teams, and amount raised, as follows:


Cancer survivors lap opened relay Friday afternoon at track facility on Cameron Junior-High campus. 
Photo courtesy Cameron Herald Cancer survivors lap opened relay Friday afternoon at track facility on Cameron Junior-High campus. Photo courtesy Cameron Herald • First—Team Stomp-a-lumpagus,

$4,465.53.

• Second—Team Rosebuds, $4,115.82.

• Third— Team Tammy, $3,855.25.

She listed other awards, presented at the 5:30 a.m. closing ceremony, as follows:

• Best campsite—Team Stompa lump-agus.

• Most spirited—Team Tammy.

• Best on-site activity—Angels Among Us.

• Best on- site fund raiser— Team Stomp-a-lump-agus.

• Most spirited relayer—Sherry Mueck.

Twelve teams signed up to raise money and nine participated in the walk.

100 LAPS—“One person who really stood out during the event was Briana Wieczorek, an RHS senior,” Jeter said.

“She vowed to walk 100 laps during the night and completed by around 4:30 a.m.,” Jeter said. “No one has done that before that I know of. It was awesome.”

JoLeen Eikenburg of Waco led the Relay’s “Fight Back” ceremony at midnight and a church service was held before dawn Saturday.

Other activities included a silent auction, Ballet Folklorico de Cameron dance group, entertainment by Eric Landeros and the Miss-ter Relay contest.


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