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Lots of fun planned for the annual Relay for Life by Julia Hart

From the survivors lap to a “slip, slop and slap” lap, there will be plenty of time to reflect and just have a good time at the 2015 Lower Valley American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Set for Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, the noon to 10 a.m. event, featuring 20 teams, will be held at the Sunnyside Sierra Vista Middle School track. New to this year’s list of Relay for Life activities is the slip, slop and slap lap, said Wendee Bodnar, the community relationship manager for the Lower Valley fundraiser. “Participants will slip into a shirt with long sleeves, slop on sunscreen and slap on a cap or sun hat for a lap around the track,” Bodnar explained. In addition, relay walkers will have opportunities to enjoy a bud-

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A message from the chairman “Cancer touches so many people in our community. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a fantastic opportunity to gather together and celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and

for all. We expect about 500 people to come together for this year’s event and I’m just proud to be a part of it.” – Troy Berglund, Relay for Life of Lower Valley Committee chairman

dy relay, a Mr. Relay contest and a midnight pizza, followed by a special showing of “Goonies” at 1 a.m. A Saturday afternoon Princess and Super Hero relay is also planned for the children, Bodnar added. “We are expecting more than 160 participants at the event,” Bodnar said. The most recent list of activities for the Lower Valley Relay for Life, which is expected to attract another 200 people, will include music throughout the event, food vendors as well as lunch for the area cancer survivors, Bodnar said. The always moving luminary ceremony, honoring families and friends who have been impacted by cancer, will be held Saturday night. There is still time to join a team, Bodnar said. She encourages those interested to visit the Relay for Life of the Lower Valley website for more information, www.relayforlife.org.

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May 16-17, 2015 Sierra Vista Middle School – Sunnyside Saturday, May 16 11:40-11:45 a.m. Welcome & Thank You. Spotlight Sponsor: Benton REA. Sponsor Recognition: Troy Berglund. 11:45-Noon Opening Ceremonies. Present Colors: Pledge of Allegiance. Opening Prayer. 12:00-12:15 p.m. Survivor/Caregiver Lap. Song: Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. 12:15-12:30 p.m. Sponsorship Recognition Lap. 12:30-12:45 p.m. Team Recognition Team Lap. 12:15-1 p.m. Survivor/Caregiver Lunch. Sponsored by: PMH Medical Center 1-3 p.m. Band: One Too Many. Theme Lap: 80’s Rock. 3-3:30 p.m. Educational Moment Sunscreen. Sunscreen Relay Race – Kids Event. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Band: 509 Band; Theme Lap: Beach Party. 4-4:30 p.m. Sponsorship Recognition. Watermelon Eating Contest. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Princess Pageant. Theme Lap: Princess. 5:30-6 p.m. Educational Moment Exercise. Theme Lap: Buddy w/Relay Challenge. 6-6:30 p.m. Band: Old. Theme Lap: 50’s. 7-7:30 p.m. Sponsorship Recognition. 7:30-9 p.m. Show Team Performance. Luminaria sales close at 7:30 p.m. 8-8:30 p.m. Theme Lap: Western Bank Closes for Luminaria Ceremony. 9:30-10:30 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony: Story of What Is Relay. Luminaria Prayer. Song by: Darlene Landis. Readers: Doug Rogers, Josie Rogers. Wish lanterns released. 10:30-11 p.m. Bank Re-Opens. 11-11:30 p.m. Mr. Relay Contest. Theme Lap: Seahawks. 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Band: Evan Egerer Music. Newspaper Challenge.

Sunday, May 17 Midnight-12:30 a.m. Midnight Pizza $10 per pizza (20 Dominos pizzas available) 1:30-3:30 a.m. Movie: Goonies. Theme Lap: Ice Bear. 2-2:30 a.m. Theme Lap: Glow in the Dark. 3:30-5:30 a.m. Band: Chad Larsen. Theme Lap: 80’s Prom. 4-4:30 a.m. Theme Lap: Crazy Hat. 4:30-5 a.m. Theme Lap: Camo. 5:30-6:30 a.m. Pajama Dance Party–Come as you are. Theme Lap: Pajamas. 6-6:30 a.m. Theme Lap: Tutu Lap. 6:30-8 a.m. Breakfast 8-9 a.m. Fight Back Ceremony. ACS Inspirational Story. Theme Lap: Purple. 9-9:30 a.m. Closing ceremonies. Final Total: Top Teams, Top Individuals, Best Decorated Tent Site, Most Team Spirit, Most 80’s Attire. 9:30-10 a.m. Final LAP.

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Annual fundraiser takes a lot of planning by Julia Hart

For the leaders of the 2015 Lower Valley American Cancer Society Relay for Life organizing committee, the planning begins well before the actual event held each May. The committee leaders, co-chairmen Curtis Campbell and Doug Rogers of Sunnyside, along with campaign leader Troy Berglund of Grandview, have been meeting once a month at Sierra Vista Middle School since last December to plot out the 2015 fundraising goals. This year, the Lower Valley event is expected to raise $75,000 by the end of the 22-hour event, said Berglund. The Relay for Life will be held at the Sierra Vista Middle School track, 916 N.16th St, again this year, and, according to Campbell, the enthusiasm for the event continues to grow. As soon as the site and the financial goal is set, the captains look to the teams to begin filling out the rest of the fundraising events, including the

on-site activities. The core committee also works on logistics for the Relay for Life activities, which includes music, on-site food vendors and a variety of team challenges. At a recent Relay for Life committee meeting, team captains also shared lists of the activities they’ve planned for the May 16-17 weekend. Among the on-site team events will be karaoke challenges, pony rides, awards for best decorated campsites, as well as tutu laps and newspaper costume contests. Event organizer Amy Higdon, a member of the Devoted Warriors team, has been busy helping keep track of the 22 Relay for Life teams’ individual events. “There is a lot going on,” she said. “We have something planned for all ages every hour of the weekend,” Higdon said. Well before the May 16-17 event opens, teams are busy lining up sponsors, encouraging members to get donations and hosting a myriad events from car washes to yard sales. Some

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Lower Valley Relay for Life Committee co-chairmen Curtis Campbell and Doug Rogers (L-R) listen as the Lower Valley Relay for Life team captains report on their fundraising progress. This year’s event, set for May 16-17, will be held at Sunnyside’s Sierra Vista Middle School track.

teams even collaborate to create more buzz about their events. For example, a recent luminaria day was held at the local Wal-Mart store, hosted by the Devoted Warriors. Higdon explained individuals who wished to purchase a luminaria could make a donation and be assured that the bag would be a part of the luminary ceremony, which is traditionally held on Saturday night of the two-day

event. Recently the Wutzke’s Waddlers team, along with the Devoted Warriors, joined forces to hold a rummage and yard art sale. “We’re all working for the same cause, so it makes sense to help one another,” said Higdon. ‑ Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JHart@DailySunNews.com

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Fidel Amaro of the Sunnyside Devoted Warriors Relay for Life team drops off left over yard sale items to help out the Daily Sun News Purple Angels’ fundraising efforts recently. “We all help each other to raise money to beat cancer,” Amaro said. Holding yard sales is just one of the many ways Lower Valley Relay for Life teams are raising money to support American Cancer Society research and patient programs. Amaro’s team will also be selling tacos at this year’s May 16-17 event for an extra financial boost towards their goal of surpassing $10,000 this year. As of April 30, the team had collected $9,602.30.

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Last year, Linda Cussins of Mabton underwent a very short haircut as a part of her efforts to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Doing the deed is Shelby Hall of Thuy’s Salon in Grandview.

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Cancer survivors open the Lower Valley Relay for Life with the “survivor lap.”

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This bright pink license plate supporting breast cancer research is available from the Washington Department of Licensing. A portion of the sales is also used to fund cancer prevention education.

License plate fees helping aid cancer prevention programs by Julia Hart

Motorists wishing to show their support for cancer research can now purchase a special license plate from the Washington State Department of Licensing. The sale of vehicle plates promoting awareness and prevention of colon, breast and cervical cancers is used to fund free screenings for men and women across the state. The plates may be purchased for $70 through local licensing agencies like

Sunnyside’s Robinson Licensing Agency. “It normally it takes about a week to receive the special-ordered plate,” according to Dara Garoutte of Robinson Licensing Agency. She said less than 120 breast cancer plates have been sold by licensing agencies across the state since they became available to motorists last October. Garoutte said a portion of the registration fee, above the cost of the tabs, is

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A giant game of twister was among the activities keeping Lower Valley Relay for Life participants busy last year.

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used to fund breast, cervical and colon health, prevention and education programs offered by the state department of health. According to the state department of licensing website, $28 of the plate fee goes toward funding cancer screening services. The state program serves people who

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The Devoted Warriors has been participating in the Lower Valley Relay for Life for two years. They have raised nearly $10,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society, and plan to raise more at this year’s event.

Leading the fight for a personal cause by Jennie McGhan

Getting personal with a disease that has had a grave impact on them, both personally and professionally, Devoted Warriors and Smith Kool Koalas are among the many teams that have been busy raising money for the annual Lower Valley Relay for Life. Smith Kool Koalas, typically led by Becky Knott, has participated in the event for many years. The team consists of staff from Grandview’s A.H. Elementary School. This year, the team’s fearless leader

had to take a break for medical reasons. The captain is Autumn Van Tress. She said Smith Kool Koalas was formed after the school lost a nurse and a kindergarten student to cancer. “Over the years other staff and students have either been diagnosed or directly affected by a family member’s diagnosis,” said Van Tress. Devoted Warriors team captain Santa Myers said her team also joined the fight because of the personal impact felt when her family lost its beloved Nico Melendrez. After her brother lost his fight

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against the disease, the family decided it was time to fight back. When the team formed Team Nico two years ago, there were two other members of the family fighting cancer. Myers’ family has suffered the loss of two family members and have three others who are currently fighting cancer. “It’s really hard when so many members of one family have been diagnosed with cancer,” said Myers. Last year the team changed its name to Devoted Warriors to honor everyone who must battle the

disease that has claimed so many lives. Motivating the teams each year is the idea that every dollar they raise helps researchers come that much closer to finding a cure for cancer. “We have five cancer survivors on our team,” said Myers. But, she and the rest of the Devoted Warriors, as well as the Smith Kool Koalas want the number of survivors to climb much higher. Both teams begin fundraising for see “Leading the fight” next page

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Detect breast cancer early Consider a candle of hope Leading breast cancer research organization and screening advocate Susan G. Komen says 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed across the globe in 2012. While breast cancer still affects millions of women (and a smaller number of men), greater knowledge of the disease and earlier detection has helped to increase the chances of survival for so many people. Having an early detection plan enables a person to be proactive about their health, says the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The National Cancer Institute found that when breast cancer is detected in the localized stage, the fiveyear survival rate is 98 percent. • Get a grasp of your normal. Inspect your body frequently to get an idea of what constitutes “normal” for you. This way should something seem amiss, you can visit your doctor to have it checked out. No one knows your body better than you, and you can be your best health advocate. • Understand signs and symptoms of breast cancer. The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass.

Painless, hard and irregularly shaped masses are more likely to be cancerous than others, but any mass detected should be checked by a health care professional. Other possible signs of breast cancer include breast swelling, skin dimpling, nipple pain, discharge other than breast milk, thickening or redness of the breast skin or nipple retraction. Sometimes swelling in the lymph nodes under the arm can be felt before a lump in the breast is present. • Establish a self-exam schedule. Women should perform a self-examination of their breasts at least once a month. According to John Hopkins Medical Center, 40 percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump. • Book an appointment for a clinical exam. Speak with your family practitioner or gynecologist about the best schedule for clinical breast exams based on your age and risk factors. During clinical exams your physician will check the texture of the breast tissue for any abnormalities and lumps. Doctors also can assess any suspicious areas, taking note of any abnormalities, including lumps. see “Detect” next page

Relay for Life participants and donors remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those battling the disease by dedicating luminaria. Luminaria, paper bags containing votive candles, are transformed and illuminated after dark at every local Relay for Life event. The bag is personalized with a name,

photo, message or drawing in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer. Luminaria can also be dedicated in support of a Relay participant. Each luminaria candle represents a person, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, coworkers and so many others.

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Luminaria bags line the track during the Lower Valley Relay for Life each year. These bags were among those decorated for the event last year.

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the Lower Valley Relay for Life early. Smith Kool Koalas, said Van Tress, have a Relay for Life store in the school. At the store, students can purchase school supplies. “They like having a pencil that is red with hearts on it at Valentine’s Day,” she said. The students are further involved in the fundraising effort via the school’s annual student talent show. All admission fees and donations at the show benefit the American Cancer Society. Myers said Devoted Warriors likes

to begin its fundraising efforts in November, just after the Lower Valley Relay for Life kick-off. The team sells t-shirts, has a yard sale and has raised funds via taco sales at the relay event. “This is a family issue for us,” said Myers. Van Tress said, “It’s personal for everyone…we are committed because we all know someone who has had to fight cancer.” ‑ Jennie McGhan can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JMcGhan@DailySunNews.com

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Newest Relay for Life team well on its way to making goal by Julia Hart

First year Milne DMA Relay for Life co-captains Mindy Plumlee and Amanda Everett are excited about the support their co-workers are giving to the fledging fundraising efforts. “We decided in March that we should organize a team. So far, we have raised nearly half of our goal,” said Everett. Initially the captains didn’t know how much to set their first goal at, so they randomly chose $1,000. Everett is very pleased with her co-workers’ response to the fundraising drive. Everett said most of the money has come as a result of fellow employees responding to internal donation requests. “People have been very supportive,” Everett added. The Prosser–based Milne Fruit processing plant management has also been a major contributor to the team’s fun-

draising efforts, matching some of the donations, Everett added. Everett believes a lot of support for the team’s efforts is the result of a number of the Milne employees being either survivors or know someone who is still battling cancer. “It (the disease) still hits close to home for some,” she added. ‑ Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JHart@DailySunNews.com

Milne DMA Relay for Life co-captains (L-R) Mindy Plumlee and Amanda Everett are looking forward to participating in the 2015 American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser being held May 16-17 in Sunnyside at the Sierra Vista Middle School track. “Our co-workers and their families will be all making a trip around the track,” said Everett.

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Camping out, enjoying the company of other Relay for Life participants is common at the annual event. photo courtesy of Amanda Everett

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• Determine a mammogram schedule. Women can work together with a health care provider to develop a mammogram schedule that takes their age and medical history into consideration. The American Cancer Society says MRI scans and other breast imaging procedures may be necessary for women with dense breasts or those at a high risk for breast cancer because of strong family history or gene mutations. Many experts recommend an annual

mammogram starting at age 40. • Determine if genetic testing is right for you. Susan G. Komen says some inherited gene mutations increase breast cancer risk. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are the best-known genes linked to breast cancer. Women who have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation are at a greater risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer than those who do not have such mutations. Testing may be recommended for people at very high risk.

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Five health screenings women shouldn’t miss A nutritious diet and daily exercise can promote long-term health, but preventative care also plays a key role in keeping adults healthy as they age. Routine health screenings can head off potential problems, preventing illnesses and possibly limiting the duration of sickness. Women may have longer life expectancies than their male counterparts, but that does not mean they can afford to overlook preventative care. The following are five health screenings women should include as part of their healthy routines. 1. Pap tests and pelvic exams: Beginning at age 21 (or earlier if they are sexually active), every woman should get regular Pap smears and pelvic exams to test for any abnormalities in their reproductive systems. Pap smears may be suggested every two to three years depending on a woman’s age. A routine visit with a gynecologist is recommended annually to discuss any changes or worrisome symptoms. 2. Mammograms and breast exams: In addition to conducting self examinations, women should get clinical manual breast exams. Women age 40 and older should get a manual breast exam each year and an annual or biannual mammogram. 3. Cholesterol checks: The ideal level of total cholesterol is below 200 mg/ DL. Individuals with a higher level of cholesterol may be at a greater risk for heart disease. Cholesterol screenings can alert doctors to potential trouble and help them develop plans for their patients to lower cholesterol levels. Doctors may suggest dietary changes

and advise women to adopt more active lifestyles. Some doctors may even prescribe medication if cholesterol levels are especially high. 4. Skin examination and cancer screening: Women should examine their skin every month for new moles or changes in existing spots or moles to detect early signs of skin cancer. Be sure to check all areas of the body, as skin cancer can appear just about everywhere. Some doctors perform skin cancer screenings as part of routine physical exams, or women can visit a dermatologist. 5. Bone density screening: Those with a risk for osteoporosis, such as women with fractured bones or slender frames, should be screened earlier and more regularly than women without such histories or body types. Doctors generally recommend that women receive annual bone density screenings beginning at age 65. Healthy bones will show a T-score, or the measurement to determine bone density, of -1 or higher. These suggested screenings and tests are based on general medical guidance. Women should work with their doctors to develop wellness schedules that promote their long-term health.

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Last year’s Dee Parsons Award recipients Charles and Shirley Delaney (foregreound) stand to be recognized at the Lower Valley Relay for Life.

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