Fun for all at serious ‘relay’

With ideal weather conditions and an energetic crowd, the Sixth Annual Relay for Life marched into Brady this past weekend with enough enthusiasm to give even the most desperate cancer victim a ray of hope. Held nationwide in celebration of cancer survivors and in memory of those who have lost the battle with the disease, the Relay for Life acts as one of the many fund-raisers organized yearly to benefit the American Cancer Society and its fight against cancer. The relay kicked off its lineup of activities beginning with the survivor’s walk at around 7 p.m. on Friday at Bulldog Stadium and continued throughout the night, ending on Saturday around 9 a.m. So far, the relay has raised more than $14,000 to aid the national organization. This year’s goal was set at $20,000 with $2,800 already accounted for through the Relay for Life auction held Saturday, March 17. A final count of relay earnings is yet to be determined according to event coordinator Barbi Jones. Down from previous relays, only 10 teams participated in this year’s event. They were Curves for Women, Brady National Bank, Tone-N-Tan, 4-H group sponsored by Oglebay Norton Industrial Sands, Inc., Sunset Ridge Church of Christ sponsored by the N Business Journal, INTERACT Club, Head Start, Boy Scouts, Angels Among Us and Maggie’s Spoiled Brats sponsored by Jesse Castanuela. “We had a good turnout and had a lot of fun, especially with the Jell-o eating contest,” Mrs. Jones commented. More than 150 luminaries were sold and positioned around the track and lit around 10 p.m. The ceremony, conducted annually, pays tribute to those who have both won and lost the battle with cancer. “We were way under what was sold last year,” said Mrs. Jones. “But I’m assuming the impact John Baskin had on last year’s relay is what boosted luminary sales.” ACS board members and team members from Curves for Women will be car-hopping tonight (Tuesday) at Sonic from 5-10 p.m. The Curves for Women franchise will be matching the total dollar amount raised through its members. Carol Stewart, a member of the Curves team, came in as the top seller in the individual fund-raiser category, collecting over $1,200 to benefit the ACS. “Curves alone raised over $4,000. Each team members collected pledges and donation jars were positioned at the workout center. “We’ll add in Tuesday night’s earnings and should have a grand total sometime next week,” said Mrs. Jones.

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