Even though the 2014 Daviess County Relay for Life has come to a close, the fundraising hasn’t ended just yet. Crystal Smith with the American Cancer Society (ACS) in Evansville said donations will be accepted until Aug. 31 and many teams are planning fundraising events for the summer months to help meet the Daviess County goal of $72,000.
“Several teams were talking about doing some fundraising during the summer,” said Smith. “Daviess County is so enthusiastic about relay and they really want to meet their goal.”
Thus far, Daviess County teams have raised over $53,000 for cancer research and prevention efforts. To be part of a team, the ACS asks that ask team member raise a minimum of $100. The money raised by each team goes to fund cancer research, pay for lodging at an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, which served more than 38,000 patients and caregivers last year as well as the Road to Recovery program among other things. The Road to Recovery program helps cancer patients get to and from treatment and helped more than 15,000 patients last year alone.
Smith said each year, relay organizers hope to see more community come out to the event for the opening ceremonies as well as the luminaria dedication in the evening but she was pleased with the group on hand. “Everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer,” said Smith. “And it’s amazing to see the passion the teams and the people of this area have for relay.”
After the August deadline, Smith said relay doesn’t really take a break because the planning begins for next years event. “It’s hard to believe but we start planning several months before the actual event happens. So as soon as relay is done, we start thinking about the event for next year.”
Before the closing ceremonies Saturday, a special award called the Heart of Relay was given to Chastity Barker. The Heart of Relay was chosen through a nomination process. All the nominations, which excluded the nominees name, were read by a committee and the winner was selected. In the nomination, Barker was described as being a “Person who gives inspiration and encouragement to not only Daviess County relayers but extends her volunteering to help other counties put on a fantastic relay. She picks up the slack when others don’t work as hard so the things get done and she never complains because she doesn’t do relay for herself but (does relay) to find a cure and finish the fight.”
For being named the Heart of Relay Barker was awarded a small Big Green Egg as well as grilling necessities and Holiday World tickets. The prize package was sponsored by one of the relay teams and three local businesses.
To donate to the Daviess County Relay for Life, visit www.relayforlife.org and search for the Daviess County Relay for Life or contact Smith at email@example.com or 812-701-4537.