WASHINGTON — The Toy Soldiers, a group of participants in the Daviess County Relay for Life, awarded Danyelle Widner with the first “Heart of Relay” award during the Relay events held over the weekend at Lena Dunn Elementary.
“The Heart of Relay award was initiated by the Toy Soldiers,” said Derek Clark a member of the Toy Soldiers and a Relay for Life Committee member.
“The Heart of Relay award is presented to a Relay for Life participant who has shown compassion, enthusiasm and a desire to find a cure for cancer above and beyond anyone else. The person must have gone out of their way to to bring in donations, advocate for the cause and show energy as well as spirit throughout the entire Relay season.”
Widner, known as “Momma Relay” by many of the relay for participants is a five-year cancer survivor, the co-chair for the Daviess County Relay for Life and spends countless hours working to find a cure for cancer.
The person responsible for nominating Widner said, “Ever since I’ve known her, she has been a part of relay. She has either been a team member, captain or a committee member. After living with her, I see that she really lives for the relay. There aren’t any other words to describe it other than she loves it. It is her life and she is consumed by the energy the others bring to the relay and energizes others as much as she can.”
Ask part of the award, Widner received a family pack of Holiday World tickets, a recliner and Oakley sunglasses, as well as a camping tent and chairs donated by the Toy Soldiers Relay for Life team.