Relay For Life Youth Rally slated Thursday at Pizza Inn
From Staff Reports
Feb. 12, 2007 - Hopkins County Relay For Life Survivor Dinner Saturday is being heralded a “great success,” with 25 guests in attendance at the free dinner for cancer survivors and their families.
Victoria Smith, mother of Braydon Smith and daughter of Larry Massey, both cancer survivors, gave an emotional speech, noting the love and support that has been extended to her family by the Hopkins County community. She also gave examples of the support and the resources that American Cancer Society has provided for her family, according to HCRFL Co-Chair Tony Aguilar.
Donna Webb spoke of her personal battle with breast cancer, including the challenges of having cancer and the way it makes you appreciate the smaller things in life.
Guests also spoke with one another, sharing their stories of life with cancer, and the Relay for Life Committee talked about their individual reasons for being involved with Relay.
� � The dinner was established in efforts to build a support group of survivors, caretakers and family members so that families do not have battle cancer alone.
The dinner was held in an effort “to give people an opportunity to share their message with others, and build hope. Hope is the driving force behind Relay For Life. Without hope for a cure, without hope of survival, there is no relay. Without relay, there is no money for research, no money for services, no money for a cure,” Aguilar said.
Another way to remember those whose lives have been touched by cancer as well as raise funds for the American Cancer Society are through the sale of luminaria for $5 each. The bagged candles will each contain the “name of a loved one” either a family, friend, care-giver or someone who has been affected by cancer either presently or in the past. The luminaria will line the Sulphur Springs Middle School Track during the May 4-5 RFL, a visible reflection “on the courage and strength of all who are affected by cancer.” The luminaria ceremony will be held at 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, and the candles will remain lit in honor or memory of the person or individuals listed on them throughout the night.
Luminaria are available for purchase by contacting RFL team captains or committee members.
Also, in an effort to bolster the participation of youth teams during the May 4-5 walk, the Relay For Life Committee will be holding a Youth Rally for HCRFL from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Pizza Inn in Sulphur Springs.
Any youth group or club that has registered or would like to take part in this year’s Relay For Life is encouraged to attend Thursday’s HCRFL Youth Rally for more information or to get signed up.
Those attending should note however, that a $5 per person fee will be charged for those planning to enjoy the buffet; that cost includes a drink.
An adult sponsor will be required to participate with youth teams at the relay.
� � Many local school groups and clubs have already registered teams, including the Boys and Girls Club, student councils, BETA Club, sports teams, science clubs and National Honor societies. Relay committee members are also encouraging church youth groups and other youth organizations, such as Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts to participate.
Adult or other organizational teams and cancer survivors not already registered to participate in this year’s relay are also welcome.
For more information about the youth rally, luminaria, registering a team or cancer survivor, or any other questions pertaining to this year’s Hopkins County Relay For Life, call Cindy Smith at 903-945-5050, Mynder Nash at 903-439-6399 or Tony Aguilar at 903-582-2208.