The Washington Times-Herald

June 15, 2013

The walk for hope

Lindsay Owens
Washington Times Herald

WASHINGTON — In just over a week, Kids Fighting Cancer (KFC), a group of Washington Catholic students participating in the Daviess County Relay for Life at Lena Dunn Elementary Friday, have raised over $2,500.

Last week, the team made up of over 20 students from the school, had banked over $12,500 for the Relay event this year earning the group jade status.

With the extra $2,500 raised, the WC students have now earned sapphire status for raising over $15,000.

John Buchanan and Sam Baker, the co-captains of the KFC team were both very happy with the efforts of their team.

“I was out of town when my mom text me a picture of our new sapphire sign. We’ve gone door to door the last couple of weeks to meet our goal,” said Baker. “I’m really glad out team was able to accomplish what we have. It’s really brought us a lot closer together,” said Buchanan.

“Our goal for Relay was $62,000 and these kids have raised a large portion of that," said Danyelle Widner, co-chair of the Relay for Life of Daviess County. “What they have done is amazing. These kids never cease to amaze me. Just when I think they have done all they can do, they do more. A sapphire team is really something. “Momma Relay” (what the KFC team calls Widner) is so proud of her KFC kids!”

Over 20 teams and 125 participants took part in Relay for Life of Daviess County this year.

“We made our goal for the Daviess County Relay,” said Ryan Rigg, community representative for the American Cancer Society. “On bank night, we were a little under our goal but with what was turned in tonight, we have most definitely surpassed the $62,000. I’m really happy with what the teams have done here. It was a really successful year for the teams and for our corporate sponsors who raised over $20,000.”

This years’ Relay for Life event began with opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. Friday with about 300 participants, survivors and care givers on hand. A survivor lap and care giver celebration followed the ceremonies. Nearly 200 luminarias, in honor, memory or support of those touched by cancer were lit after dark.

Also part of the festivities was the Miss Relay contest which selects one male from a Relay for Life Team that best represents the meaning of Relay for Life.

Matt Fisher, or “Mattie”, a member of the KFC team said he participated in the Miss Relay contest for his mom who passed away in November from lung cancer.

“I’m doing all of this for her, for my mom,” said Fisher.  

The event will conclude with the closing ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. today.