HOUSTON – They say deep pockets solve lots of problems and it costs to do research that may one day find a cure for Cancer. The Chickasaw County Relay for Life will be held May 2 at Joe Brigance Park to raise money to find a cure and Relay team members are fanning out to solicit contributions to this year's event. “Members of each team will get pledges for each lap they do at Relay,” said Jean Dendy, Team Committee Chairman. “Everybody can give something. This really is a community event and we need to community to help us find a cure for cancer.” The 2014 Chickasaw County Relay for Life teams are:
• Houston First United Methodist Church
• Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department
• City of Houston
• Our Team: Survivors and Supporters
• Houston Teachers
• Regions Bank
• The B Team (Bethlehem Church)
“You can contact these businesses or organization and everyone knows somebody that is on one of these teams,” said Dendy. “We don’t care if you give a little or if you can give a lot. Cancer has touched all our lives in some way and this is your chance to fight back.”
Festivities start at 6 p.m. May 2, with opening ceremonies, opening prayer and recognition and introductions.
The first event will be the Survivor Lap where those who are battling cancer or who have been cured take the first lap.
Teams will then take to the track and walk all night. The goal this year is to have someone on the track at Joe Brigance Park from each team all night long.
“There will be about ten teams with campsites set-up around the walking track, selling various food items and trinkets with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society,” said Rick Huffman, Specialist for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. “Teams are groups of people like teachers, co-workers, church friends and families who participate in fund-raising activities of various kinds throughout the year and then get together the night of Relay for one big final night of fun, fellowship and fundraising. Huffman said this year's Relay teams include folks from Woodland, Houlka, Okolona. Most of the teams have participated in Relay for several years and have always helped to make it a real success. “There will be some excellent entertainment for the whole family,” said Huffman. “A real crowd pleaser, the Legends of the Blues, will be back this year and so will Ashley Tutor.” One of the highlights of Relay is the Luminaria Ceremony and Huffman said the community does not want to miss this event. “White bags line the walking track and each one is placed there in memory-of or in honor-of someone who has been a cancer victim,” said Huffman. “Each bag is inscribed with the name of the person who is being honored or remembered, a candle inside each bag is lit by the local Boy Scout group, all lighting is turned off and each name is read aloud. It's a touching and memorable service.” Anyone who'd like to put a Luminaria on the track can call Linda Hicks at 456-3411. For Survivor recognition or to sign-up for the survivor lap, or to recognize a caregiver, contact Betty Brown or Jean Dendy. “Relay for Life is all about people,” said Huffman. “Everyone should come to Relay, share some food, some fun, share some hugs, maybe some tears. Help us all help each other by being there and being a part of the great experience called Relay for Life in Houston.”