HOUSTON – The annual Chickasaw County Relay for Life event is set for May 3 at Joe Brigance Park in Houston and local teams are gearing up their fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society.
In an effort to involve more people from different walks of life, teams are planning new and different events to bring entertainment, products or just plain fun in a wide variety.
The Southern Survivors team will sponsor a womanless beauty review April 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sparta Opry combining dinner and a floor show of a different kind. The Survivors team is comprised of cancer survivors and team member, Jean Dendy, said the response to the event has been very positive.
Team members have enlisted men in the community to participate in the “beauty, poise and talent” competition and have had good results which they appreciate on a personal level.
“It takes an an awfully big man to put on a dress and act and do that,” Dendy said. “We know, as survivors, that we’re fighting for our lives, but to have them to recognize that means a lot.”
Relay for Life encourages civic clubs, churches, families and other groups to form teams and hold fundraising events in a friendly team competition. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society in their quest to find a cure for cancer and to provide cancer patients with cutting-edge treatments and medications.
“As survivors, we know how important it is to raise money,” Dendy said. “It takes everybody’s help to continue and regardless of where or when the cure is found, every improvement we can make for a survivor’s quality of life is worth working for.”
For information about Relay for Life, join the team meeting March 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Houston First United Methodist Church in the old fellowship hall beside the sanctuary or call Lisa Voyles at 456-3771.