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Relay for Life April 27-28, 2012 A special section of The Olney Enterprise
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Olney unites for first local Relay for Life event BY MINDI KIMBRO EDITOR@OLNEYENTERPRISE.COM The Àrst-ever Relay for Life event in Olney drew a huge crowd of teams and residents to Cub Stadium on Friday, April 27. According to Dr. Jeremy Johnson, who co-chaired the event along with his wife, Trina, more than 400 people were present at the track to enjoy the festivities at one time during the night of activities. “It was just a variety of emotions,” Johnson said of the evening, which brings together survivors, caretakers and family members of those who have lost the Àght with cancer to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. The evening kicked off with an opening ceremony featuring comments from
PARADE OF TEAMS – Members from the 16 teams in attendance at the Relay for Life of Olney joined with survivors and caretakers on a Parade of Teams lap to help kick off the city’s Àrst ever event. Relay for Life raised more than $73,000 in Olney that will be donated to the American Cancer Society. (Photo by Mindi Kimbro) Debbie Walton, the area ACS representative. She Àrst commended everyone for a job well done on fundraising. At
the start of the night efforts totaled more than $60,000, and activities and drawings held by attending teams on
Friday evening raised an additional $13,000. By the end of the night the total amount had increased to $73,882.
“For a community this size, that is amazing,” Walton said.
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Olney has been hit particularly hard by cancer in the past, and has lost a large number of residents to different forms of the disease. That is one of the many reasons why some of the most emotional parts of the entire Relay for Life event this past weekend occurred in the opening ceremony when cancer survivors and their caretakers took to
the track to make special laps. All caretakers and survivors were invited to register for the event, and were treated to a private meal on Tuesday, April 24, before participating in the festivities on Friday night. Cancer survivors, almost all dressed in special purple shirts signifying their status, took the Àrst lap together in a show of solidarity, and many expressed their joy at being able to participate in such
an event. “It gives me hope,” said survivor Linda Barrier, a breast cancer survivor who took the opening lap with the support of her sister, Susanne Nier. “I really feel there will be a cure for cancer. I’ve survived 20 years and I’m going to survive another 30.” Another breast cancer survivor, Nita Hearne, echoed those sentiments. She has
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MARCHING ON – SigniÀed by their purple shirts, cancer survivors were an integral part of the Relay for Life of Olney. These individuals were honored on the opening lap of the event, as well as during the Luminaria ceremony held later in the evening. (Photo by Mindi Kimbro)
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been cancer free for four years. “It shows a lot of community support,” Hearne said of the event and the large crowd it drew. “It’s neat to see all the other survivors out - some you didn’t even know were survivors!” After the survivors’ lap, they were joined on the track by caregivers who had supported them and others who had passed on for another emotional lap. One caregiver who took the lap was Carla Perry, whose husband, L.F. Perry, beat prostate cancer many years ago. “(This event) means that it is possible, and I hope in the near future, that we’ll have a cure. This many people just brings it out in the open more.” Perry related her experiences as a caretaker on many levels, beginning 20 or more years ago with her status as a wife who simply urged her husband to get examined once his PSA test levels began to show an increase. Once L.F. was diagnosed, Perry said her role shifted
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EMOTIONAL LAP – Linda Barrier (top) rides by on her scooter during the survivors lap held during the Relay for Life opening ceremony on Friday, April 27. Barrier, a breast cancer survivor, saved to the crowd that gathered around the track to cheer on the dozens of survivors and caretakers who participated. (Bottom) Becky Jackson and her daughter, Jennifer, made celebratory turns during the the survivors’ and caretakers’ laps, as well. (Photos by Mindi Kimbro)
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MONTHS OF PLANNING – Several months of planning and work by local volunteers helped make the Relay for Life of Olney successful. Among those who helped were (l-r) Co-Chair Trina Johnson, Jennifer Lane, Amy Johnson, Julie Lane, Sheila Pulliam, Holly Bailey, Tammy Montgomery, Valorie Mahler, Robin Acuna, Debbie Shelley, Ryan Miller, Julie Hinson, Renee Russell and Jake Bailey. Co-Chair Jeremy Johnson is on stage. (Photo by Mindi Kimbro) While the Relay for Life on Friday, April 27, went off without a hitch and provided hours of fun, entertainment, emotions and fundraising for the American Cancer Society, it did not happen without help. Led by Dr. Jeremy and Trina Johnson, a board and committees made up of local residents worked since September 2011
to put everything together. Committee and board members were: • Survivorship Committee – Tammy Montgomery, Sheila Pulliam, Valorie Mahler and Renee Russell. • Luminaria Committee – Julie Lane and Julie Hinson. • Team Development – Jennifer Lane and Robin Acuna. • Publicity – Carmen Neal
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The most solemn part of the entire Relay for Life event was the Luminaria Ceremony, which was held after dark on Friday night. In complete silence, a group of “Hush Angels” and Pipe Major Robert G. Richardson began a quiet lap around
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the track before the lights at Cub Stadium were turned out. Richardson performed “Amazing Grace” during a lap around the track prior to a slide show presentation honoring those who have passed away, as well as cancer survivors and caregivers.
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AMAZING GRACE – (Left) Pipe Major Robert G. Richardson traveled several hours to be in Olney for the Relay for Life on Friday, and performed a moving rendition of “Amazing Grace” to kick off the Luminaria Ceremony. (Right) During the ceremony, the luminarias dedicated to survivors, caregivers and those who have passed were lit from within. (Photos by Mindi Kimbro)
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goods and other items Friday at the stadium. For the Fleming Fighters, the choice to participate was personal. According to Keeley Rollings, team captain, the participants signed up to help due to one individual. “We did it to help support our principal, who was recently diagnosed,” Rollings said. OHS Principal Steve Fleming underwent treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer earlier this year, and was present at the Relay for Life on Friday. As for Connected for Hope, the team from Brazos Companies, the choice of whether or not to sign up was simple. “It was good for us and the community,” said Billie Mullins, team captain. “We’ve got a bunch of employees who like to do this stuff, and cancer has affected most of our families. It was
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Teams an instinct to pitch in. It has been a lot of work, but a lot of fun.” Three top teams and three top individuals as of Saturday morning were named during closing ceremonies held early Saturday, April 28,
including: Top Teams – Tower of Hope, Tower Extrusions, $11,392; Power for a Cure, Fort Belknap Electric Cooperative, $8,715.06; and Team Marsha, Olney Elementary School, $8,447. Top Individuals – Pat Burgess, $4,471; Martha Colgan,
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While there was still much business to be handled at the event, and even more fundraising to do, the Relay for Life of Olney also offered team members and citizens in attendance a variety of ways to have a good time and stay up all night long celebrating, remembering and Àghting back. Many teams sold chances for items, offered food and drinks or held auctions for the public. In addition, the team members were kept on their toes with several special contests held throughout the evening. Winners of these contests were announced during the closing ceremony held early Saturday morning. The Best Campsite award went to Island of Hope, which was formed by Olney InterBank. Most Spirited individual was Leigh Stephens of the Our Journey Helps Save RACE WINNER – The entry from Tower Extrusions in the Road to Recovery Race (above) won the event, while the Lemon Award went to the entry from Drilling for a Cure (below left). Best in Show (not pictured) was the entry from Brazos Companies. (Photos by Mindi Kimbro)
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team, and the Drilling for Life group won the Crazy Hat contest. The Two-Step Lap contest was won by Syndal and Kent McClatchy of Drilling For Life, and Morgan Brody of Drilling For Life won the roping contest. In the Miss Relay contest, in which a male member of each group dressed as a woman, Stacey Heard of Island of Hope was declared the winner. The S’mores Lap was won by Tower Extrusions’ team, Tower of Hope, and the Superhero Lap was won by Olney Family
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In order to raise such an astounding amount of funding, Olney had 16 teams and 367 participants registered. Following emotional laps reserved for cancer survivors, caretakers and then all registered teams, the night of fun and fundraising commenced. “It was a time for everyone to heal and have fun,” Johnson said. “It was a perfect night.”
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Fun Continued from Page 10 Dentistry’s Girls Fight Back. Tami Harvey, a member of the Power for a Cure team from Fort Belknap Electric Co-op, won the Zumba Lap, and the Cancer Kickin’ Chicks won the Bra Lap and the 1980s Lap. The Cheeseball Lap was won by Team Marsha and Air Tractor, and the Musical Chair/Scavenger Hunt Lap was won by the Fort Belknap Electric Co-op team. The Road to Recovery Race was won by participants from Tower for a Cure, and
the Lemon Award went to the entry from Drilling For Life. Best in Show in the Road to Recovery Race went to Connected for a Cure. Entertainment was also provided during the event. Young performers from Allison’s School of Dance performed earlier in the evening to help get things going. Musical entertainment was provided by the Olney High School band, Falls County, Rascal Red and the Possum Posse and DJ Chris Widner, who played music throughout the night and served as emcee.
MUSICAL PERFORMANCE– Falls County provided entertainment that helped carry Relay for Life team participants and citizens late into the night Friday, April 27. (Photos by Mindi Kimbro) BACK TO THE 1980s – One of the themed contest laps was the “80s Lap” held near the end of Relay for Life early Saturday, April 28. Michelle Parker of Tower Extrusions’ team and Jessica Terrell, a member of the Cancer Kickin’ Chicks, were two of the participants who dressed in their best 1980s wear and walked a lap. Terrell won the prize for best outÀt for her team.
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More fun and games CRAZY HATS – Billie Mullins (left) and Kay Madera, members of the Brazos Companies’ team, Connected for a Cure, stop to pose during the Crazy Hat lap Friday night.
ROAD RACE – The “Groovy” entry submitted by Team Marsha of Olney Elementary School competed well in the Road to Recovery race. Pictured in the car are Tami Harvey (left) and Shannon Rodriguez. (Photos by Mindi Kimbro)
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CELEBRATION – Island of Hope team members Kathy Woodall (left) and Lawana Heard celebrate and dance while walking one of the Ànal laps of the night on Saturday, April 28. Members of the Relay for Life teams walked on the track all night since, as one of the mottos of the night repeated, “There is no Ànish line until we Ànd a cure!”
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