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Two Relay For Life deadlines are fast approaching, one for sponsors and one for participants, while two youth teams are spending their Good Friday break from school to fundraise for RFL.


First, Saltillo and Cumby student RFL teams are participating in “Good Friday for a Good Cause.” They will be out this Friday, March 29, collecting donations for their teams’ RFL commitments. Any other teams are invited to participate as well, notes 2013 RFL Event Co-Chair Ashley McCracken.

Susan Neal, 2013 RFL sponsorship chairperson, reminds that there’s still time to become an event sponsor. 

“Sponsorship funds cover Relay expenses and ensure that funds raised will support the American Cancer Society’s mission in fighting cancer through research, education, advocacy and patient services,” Neal explains.

There are several sponsorship and two different kinds of underwriting options individuals, businesses and groups can commit to. T-shirt commitments are as follows: $1,000 purple level, $5,000 diamond, $2,500 gold, $1,000 silver, $500 bronze and $250 Relay supporters level. Specialty underwriting opportunities include $1,000 for the cancer survivor’s celebration, $750 for the luminary ceremony, $500 hospitality and $250 entertainment.

Many businesses are loyal contributors each year. Some of this year’s RFL event sponsors include  Grocery Supply, Ocean Spray, M&F, City National Bank, Agriland Farm Credit, Brian Toliver Ford and Bell Concrete.

The deadline for T-shirts commitment is March 31. Signed agreements and business logos must also be received by March 31. Mail checks made out to the American Cancer Society, along with a contact name, address, and phone number, to c/o Susan Neal, P.O. Box 772, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75483.

And of course, any monetary donation is always welcome (and may also be sent RFL at the address above).

For more information about sponsorships, contact Neal at 903-439-7070.

McCracken also reminds that the T-shirt deadline is April 1 for teams and survivors who plan to participate who wants one. Information can be found on Twitter and Facebook at RFLHopkinscotx, on the official website at www.relayforlife.org/hopkinscotx, or contacting RFL teams committee member Johnna West at 903-335-2322. The fee to register a team is $35. This year, teams will be selling food in lieu of a food tent, a way to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and to help cut event expenses.

Forms for luminaries, tiki torches and ferns may now be found on the website and all teams should have forms, as well.

There’s also still time for cancer survivors and caregivers to sign up to get T-shirts to wear as they start the 12-hour walk.

“Our numbers are actually low this year for the survivors that have signed up. As you all know, they are the reason that we do this. We need to keep adding to the numbers. We are asking all survivors to get signed up online or contact Joyce Davis at 903-885-6176; leave a message. We are also honoring caregivers this year with their own shirt and a chance to walk the second lap of the night with the survivors. You may also sign up online or contact Joyce Davis,” said McCracken.

RFL always begins with cancer survivors, including people currently engaged in a personal battle with cancer, making the first lap with balloons. Survivors come on foot, wheelchairs and other wheeled modes of transportation. Everyone else lines the track to applaud their fight. This year, those dedicated individuals who spend their time helping them as they battle cancer will also be asked to wear their T-shirts (for those who sign up by April 1) and make that second lap to be recognized for their efforts.

The goal of RFL is to come together as a community to remember those who lost their battle to cancer, honor those fighting and who have won, and raise funds for the American Cancer Society for research, education, advocacy and patient services.

Hopkins County RFL organizers have set a goal of $90,000 for this year’s May 17-18  event, which will be held for the first time ever on the square.




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