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Milam Relay raises over $41,000 for cancer fight


Myron Mikulec (second from right), finishes his 100th lap with Relay For Life participants Caroline Wilde, John Rivers and Noe Zelaya in the early morning hours Saturday. He actually walked 128 laps, all in honor of his wife who lost her battle with cancer in October 2010. At right, Briana Wieczorek, also completed 100 laps during the 12-hour event, the second year in a row she accomplished that feat. She actually walked 110 laps. 
Reporter/Marie Bakken Myron Mikulec (second from right), finishes his 100th lap with Relay For Life participants Caroline Wilde, John Rivers and Noe Zelaya in the early morning hours Saturday. He actually walked 128 laps, all in honor of his wife who lost her battle with cancer in October 2010. At right, Briana Wieczorek, also completed 100 laps during the 12-hour event, the second year in a row she accomplished that feat. She actually walked 110 laps. Reporter/Marie Bakken The 10th annual Relay for Life of Milam County raised over $40,000 for cancer research and education overnight Friday at Rockdale’s Tiger Stadium.

This year’s event was held back in Rockdale, after moving to Cameron last year.

“We had an awesome turn out and raised over our intended $30,000 goal,” event chair Kim Jeter said. “At 2 a.m., which was our cut off time, we had brought in $41,106.39.”

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

This year’s theme was “Rockin’ Out Cancer.”

Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature activit y, is a unique fund-raising event that allows participants from all walks of life—including patients, medical support staff, corporations, civic organizations, faith-based groups and community volunteers—to join together to fight cancer. Teams of people camp out at the stadium and take turns walking or running around the track. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the 12-hour event.

Counting the 2012 total, Relay for Life has now raised around $463,000 in Milam County over the past ten years.

Jeter listed the four teams, and amount raised, as follows:

• First—Team Tammy, $8,426.75.

• Second—Team Peace, Hope, Love, $6,725.50.


Miss-ter Relay contestants (l-r) Stefan Hinojosa (first runner-up), Juan Rubio, Nathan Proctor, Cade Lambright, Tra Muston (second runner-up), Eric Westbrook (winner), Billy Harris. Miss-ter Relay contestants (l-r) Stefan Hinojosa (first runner-up), Juan Rubio, Nathan Proctor, Cade Lambright, Tra Muston (second runner-up), Eric Westbrook (winner), Billy Harris. • Third—Team Stomp-a-lumpagus, $5,344.

• Fourth—Team Banking For A Cure/Citizens National Bank, $4,104.65.

The top four teams raised 58-percent of the overall Relay total.

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

• Best campsite (selected by committee)—Team Peace, Hope, Love.

• Best campsite (selected by survivors)—Team Tammy.

• Most spirited—Banking For A Cure.

• Best on-site activity—Zumba, Team Stomp-a-lump-agus.

• Best on-site fund raiser—Pet Angry Birds rocks, Team Friends of Rachel.

• Most spirited relayer—Jenny Bradley, Team Peace, Hope, Love.

• Miss-ter Relay contest—Team Tammy, winner; Buckin’ Gals For A Cure, first runner-up; Banking For A Cure, second runner up.

Seventeen teams signed up to raise money and 12 participated in the walk.

“Thank you to all the sponsors, teams, community and committee for making this event possible,” Jeter said. “I’m already looking forward to the 2013 Relay.”

100LAPSTIMETWO— ” There were two walkers that stood out the night of Relay, Briana Wieczorek and Myron Mikulec,” Jeter said. “Briana walked 102 laps at the 2011 Relay in Cameron and shot for that goal again and was able to do 110 laps this year. Myron had a goal of walking 128 laps and he succeeded. He was walking in honor of his wife who lost her battle to colon, liver and lung cancer on Oct. 20, 2010.”

RHS senior and cancer survivor Paige Johnson was the special speaker during the night’s luminary ceremony and a church service conducted by Forest Grove Christian Church youth minister and interim pastor Lance Walch was held before dawn Saturday.

Other activities included a silent auction, kids games, entertainment by NMotion dancers and Christian-rock band Fireproof and The Guardians of The Ribbon pink fire truck.


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