Oct 28, 2013

2013 DC Relay For Life summary

DARKE COUNTY - The 2013 Darke County Relay For Life was a huge success raising over $81,000. The money was generated by the combined efforts of 22 teams. All of the teams were from Darke County and comprised of dedicated hard working individuals who hope in a cure for cancer and believe in value of raising the necessary funds to cover the expenses of educating the public, providing resources to those in need, and assisting in the fight against cancer.

Some of the programs that the Darke County Relay for Life fund include support programs, transportation assistance which helps with travel expenses, the Hope Lodge®, where cancer patients and their caregivers can stay free of charge while away from home for treatment, Wig Salon program, and the Look Good…Feel Better® program which can provide a wig and other cosmetic tips for dealing with the affects of treatment. All these programs are available and support the Darke County cancer survivors.

The following teams also received individual recognition; Banking on a Cure received the “Team Site Judging” award and Silver Level recognition, Because We Care obtained the Jade Level recognition, Darke County Assoc., for Realtors received the “Golden Pillow Case Award” and Rising Star Level recognition, Joan’s Kids received the “Spirit Stick” and Emerald Level recognition, Jolly Hot Tamales received Rising Star Level recognition, Lutherans for a Cure received Gold Level recognition, Phelan Insurance received Bronze Level recognition, Survivor Inspired received Rising Star Level recognition, Team VCC received “Rookie of the Year” award and Rising Star Level recognition, Tiger Team received the “School Team Award” and Rising Star Level recognition, United for a Cure received Gold Level recognition, Vision of Hope received Silver Level recognition, Versailles Eagles Auxiliary received Silver Level recognition, and Walnut Hill Walkers received Rising Star Level recognition.

Most of these teams have fundraising events throughout the year and concludes with the Relay for Life Event which this year was held at Heritage Park in Versailles. Each year a cancer survivor speaks at the opening ceremony, this year’s speaker was originally to be Kathy Black however her declining health kept from fulfilling that commitment. Instead Cathy Eckstein gave her personal account of the support she received from the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Cathy believed she was still alive due to the good works, donations and compassion of the Relay for Life volunteers. She also hoped to experience the Relay For Life on a national level one day.

Cathy Eckstein passed away on Aug. 17, after a long battle and Kathy Black passed away on Sept. 16, after succumbing to her cancer. Kathy had served on the Darke County Cancer Board for 7 years and she was a member of the American Cancer Society Look Good Feel Better ® program. Both ladies believed in and supported the good works of the Relay For Life.

Lois Lyons the 2013 Committee Chair will be succeeded by Rose Schlater in 2014. The 2014 theme will be “Life’s a Beach Without Cancer”. Anyone wishing to get involved by forming a fundraising team or volunteering on the 2014 committee can contact Rose Schlater at 526-5151 or email her at schlater48@embarqmail.com.

Submitted by Kathy Magoto

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