Mar 4, 2013

Relay for Life committee chairs introduced

DARKE COUNTY--The Darke County Relay for Life Committee recently held their organizational “Kick Off” meeting, led by Co-Chair Lois Lyons. Also on hand was Co-Chair Dawn Sanders and American Cancer Society (ACS) Staff Partner, Mark Kaufman.

The meeting was designed to introduce the many volunteers by committee and team and to address any questions, as well as, brainstorm for the Darke County Relay for Life event which will be held at Heritage Park in Versailles on July 19 and 20.

The following committee chairs were formally announced: Joyce Johnson, Survivor; Joni Robinson, Luminaria; Shelly Gasson, Logistics; Dawn Sanders, Auction; Marcus Elleman, Entertainment and Activities; Diane Elsas, Financial; Rose Schlater, Food; Kathy Magoto and Laura Gower, Publicity; Vicki Everetts, Sponsorship; Carrie Drees, Health Promotions; Lynne Mangen, Online.

Each committee consists of a supportive group of volunteers, but new volunteers are always welcomed. Volunteers bring their personal stories and vision to the fundraising efforts of the Relay event. Volunteers are our neighbors, friends, and relatives who desire to work together to raise awareness, network with cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, family and friends and help in the fight against cancer. The funds raised go to the American Cancer Society to fight against all types of cancer, as well as, provide support programs.

One such support program is the Hope Lodge, which offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting well. Hope Lodge provides a nurturing, home-like environment where guests can retreat to private rooms or connect with others. Every Hope Lodge also offers a variety of resources and information about cancer and how best to fight the disease.

Currently, there are 31 Hope Lodge locations throughout the United States. Last year these facilities housed 50,000 people while they underwent treatment.

If you are interested in becoming a part of your community’s “2013 Relay For Life” Lois Lyons,, 526-9744, or Dawn Sanders,, 937-564-5959, or attend the next Relay for Life meeting on March 11, 6:30 p.m., at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve, Greenville.


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