Relay Revelry

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Annual event raises thousands to fight cancer and support American Cancer Society

By Molly Haines

Cancer survivors were met with cheers as they made their way around the track at Itron Field Friday during the annual Owen County Relay For Life.
The yearly event raises money for the American Cancer Society and this year’s Relay committee members say they expect to reach their goal of $49,000 later this year.
“We thought attendance and participation was good,” Relay For Life Committee Member Shanna Osborne said. “Our teams were down, so that was pretty hard-hitting, but we had a great turnout of survivors and we thought we had really good participation from the community.”
About 50 cancer survivors attended the event.
Relay committee members encourage teams to stay throughout the night and Osborne said four teams stayed for the entirety of the event.
American Cancer Society Community Representative Jodi Dunavan said she was pleased with the community’s efforts to make this year’s event one to remember.
“I was very happy to see all the community support that the area had,” Dunavan said. “This was my first Owen County Relay, but I was very excited and proud to be a part of it.”
The winner of this year’s campsite award was Owen County Primary School with “Yabba Dabba Doo, Make Cancer Prehistoric Too.”
So far $42,000 have been raised for the American Cancer Society.
Dunavan said donations will be accepted through Aug. 31, when the fiscal year ends.
Sponsors who raised more than $1,000 were North Park Pharmacy, First Farmer’s Bank, Peoples Bank and Trust, Ron and Linda Wainscott and friends, Owen County Extension Homemakers, McDonalds, Southern States and the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.
Those who gave between $500-$700 were the Owen County Judge-executive Cook Out For the Cure and New Horizons Medical Center.
This year’s in kind sponsors were Owen Electric Cooperative, Whitney Lyle Photography, DJ Heroes, Magic Ice Concessions, Petals On the Square, Froggy 104.9, The News-Herald and Fairway Golf Course.
“I think our survivors are the main reason people continue to support Relay,” Osborne said. “I know that’s why I relay. Every person can say they’ve been affected by cancer in one way or another. It’s community remembrance and honor for the ones that are still fighting.”