Relay fundraising run, tamale dinner set Saturday

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

April 24, 2008 - With Hopkins County's premier fundraiser for the American Cancer Society just two weeks away, teams and event coordinators have really kicking their efforts into high gear.

Relay for Life committees and team captains and been busy all year planning the event. Now teams are holding individual fundraisers and events to help meet this year's relay goal of $152,100.

Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society for cancer research and for treatment programs to assist local cancer patients.

"Our goals for this year are high, but with the help of the local community, I know we can reach them," Relay Co-Chair Tony Aguilar said earlier this year. "Our team goal is 15 youth teams and 35 adult teams. Our goals also include 1,000 luminaries sold, 300 survivors [participating]

"Those are big numbers, but the Hopkins County Relay always produces big numbers," he explained. "The 2007 relay ranked eighth in the nation for a community our size. We hope to grow on that dedication and make it to number one."

The theme for this year's RFL is "Cancer -- It's a Family Affair: Celebrate, Fight Back, Remember."

One fundraising event, beginning just after dawn this Saturday at Coleman Park, not only incorporates the idea of a relay but also the theme. The "Out Run Cancer Mile/5K/10K Run" gets underway with late registration at 7:30 a.m., followed by warm-up at 7:45 a.m. The 1-mile run kicks off at 8 a.m., the 5K run at 8:15 a.m. and the 10K at 8:30 a.m.

Awards will be presented to the top three finishes in the 5K and 10K runs for grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-8,9-10, and 11-12, and ages 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and up.

The first place team in the 5K and 10K will receive a trophy. Ribbons will be awarded to the top mile finishers.

Anyone interested in participating or showing support for others needs only show up at 7:30 Saturday morning at Coleman Park.

Participants registering Saturday morning will be asked to contribute $20 per person or $60 for a team of four (5K/10K) entry fee.

But there's more this weekend.

On Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Aguilar family will be hosting their third annual tamale dinner in First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The cost will be $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years. To-go orders are available, and tamales may be purchased by the by the dozen at the event. No deliveries will be made this year, however.

Hopkins County Relay For Life is also still taking pictures in memory or honor of loved ones and friends who have battled or are battling cancer. Pictures may be dropped off at Pilgrim Bank (formerly Community Bank) at 1404 South Broadway St. Please put the name of the person being remembered or honored on the picture, and include an envelop with the name and address of the person submitting the picture so that it can be returned. For more information, contact Mynder Nash at 903-885-6633.

Hopkins County Relay For Life will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Sulphur Springs Middle School track with a survivors lap and continue until 7 a.m. Saturday morning, May 10, with various activities and entertainment slated throughout the 12-hour walk.

For more information about the May 9-10 Relay For Life, call Co-chairs Mynder Kelly at 903-439-6399 or Tony Aguilar at 903-582-2208.

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