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Yard Sale Special Wednesday, January 9, 2013 May 14, 2014 $9 Your 6-LINE AD for 3 DAYS is only MyConnection 95 per day YAR D SALE in The Newnan Times-Herald and on for FREE! Call 770-253-1576 or email Published every Wednesday and delivered free by The Newnan Times-Herald *Deadline noon Friday the week prior to your sale. Check Out the Classifieds on Page 7 Coweta raises $200,000 for cancer research By Sarah Fay Campbell The annual Coweta Relay for Life is always a memorable experience. A festive atmosphere accompanied the 12-hour fundraising event, with music, games, food and fellowship, held Friday. Te a m s were posit ioned around the track at the Coweta County Fairgrounds to raise money by selling food, glowing necklaces and other items such a s com memorat ive plaques and Christmas ornaments. Some teams generated funds by selling tickets for small games or for bounce houses and inflatable slides. There was also the MissTer Relay contest, where brave male team members dressed up like beauty queens and strolled the grounds, collecting money. “ T he whole com mu n it y comes out,” said Leslie Goodwin, principal of Poplar Road Elementary School. “My favorite part is I get to see teachers I’ve worked with over the years,” as well as former students. At the Poplar Road tent, they sold races on Mario Kart for $1. Goodwin’s staff gets into the spirit of Relay fundraising all year long. The team orders lunch once a week, with proceeds collected for the team. The team sells “jean passes” as well, allowing fellow teachers and faculty to wear jeans for the day. This year’s Coweta Relay for Life included 81 teams and 822 participants. Together, the participants raised $200,000 for the American Cancer Society. T h i s ye a r ’s t heme wa s “super heroes” and several teams had superhero-inspired shirts and booths. “Everyone is a superhero fighting cancer,” said Trina Smith, as she spoke during the luminaria ceremony. The track was lined with luminaria bags, each with the name of someone who has cancer. “Every one represents a name, a face, and a smile,” Smith said. During the ceremony, most of the Katie Rypkema, Faith Wheeler and Leslie Goodwin of Poplar Road Elementary School show off their superhero T-shirts, designed by Wheeler. lights at the fairgrounds were extinguished, and a large Chinese lantern was lit and sent into the sky. The motto of Relay for Life is always “celebrate, remember, fight back.” “Yes, we do celebrate,” said Smith. “We fight back so we won’t have to battle this disease anymore.” Though there have been great gains made in cancer treatment over the years, “the reality is that too many people die from cancer each year.” Jen n i fer Daum Freema n was diagnosed with stage two “triple negative” breast can- employees at Turner Broadcasting have been participating in Relay in her honor for several years. Duncan said her battle with cancer “made me a better person.” “It brings people together… it makes people pull together,” she said. “It makes people love each other like they should.” “It’s been a long road, for a long time. But that’s life,” she said. “It hasn’t been easy, but what are you going to do? Give up?” People have told her she’s so strong and that they’ve admired her fight. cer a year ago. “My life has changed,” Freeman said. People have asked her if she would change things. And no, she wouldn’t. She’s gotten so much more enjoyment out of life. “You live one day at a time,” she said. She was married in the middle of her treatment. Freeman said, “Everyone out there who has gotten through this or is going through this … keep fighting. Don’t give up that fight.” Susan Duncan agrees. She has battled cancer and was declared cancer-free about f ive years ago. Her fellow But you have to fight. “You have to stay strong,” she said. Tw o m o n t h s a g o , h e r younger brother, Phil Thompson, was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. She signed him up immediately to participate in Relay. He was in the hospital most of April, but was able to spend a little time at the relay late Friday. “It means a lot to me,” she said of the event. “I really wanted him to see this.” He got to participate in the Survivor’s Lap, always the first one of the relay. 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For additional preparation tips and recipes, visit Patel named Coweta Teacher of the Year By Celia Shortt Rut h Hi ll Elementa r y School fifth-grade teacher Ami Patel was announced as Coweta County School System’s 2014 Teacher of the Year at a recent recognition ceremony. “It is ver y humbling to know I work in a school sys- tem with so many good teachers,” said Patel after receiving the award at the ceremonies held at the school system’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. “I’m just one of many who do what I do.” Rut h Hill Principa l Dr. Aaron Corley said Patel is “one of the most dedicated and caring teachers I have ever encountered, and I am proud to have her at Ruth Hill.” Corley added he would be proud to have Patel as his own child’s teacher, too. “Educators allow dreams to come true,” said Patel. “They [students] are our future, and patel, page 3 Raise money for your child’s school. 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