Relay for Life Kickoff held

ALICE ORTIZ/MONROE JOURNAL RELAY FOR LIFE KICKOFF – Denise Strobel (right) explains to Charlyne Schoolar of Meadowood Baptist Church Relay Team (left) and Lisa Gentry (middle) about Relay for Life teams and how they work.  Strobel and Gentry are co-chairs of the 2013 Relay for Life.

ALICE ORTIZ/MONROE JOURNAL
RELAY FOR LIFE KICKOFF – Denise Strobel (right) explains to Charlyne Schoolar of Meadowood Baptist Church Relay Team (left) and Lisa Gentry (middle) about Relay for Life teams and how they work. Strobel and Gentry are co-chairs of the 2013 Relay for Life.

AMORY – Enthusiasm was running high at the Monroe County Relay for Life Kickoff held on Thursday, Feb. 7.
The relay will be held on Friday, June 4, from 6 p.m. until midnight in Amory’s Frisco Park. The theme is “Cancer is Playing a Losing Game” and the goal is to raise $30,000.
Co-chairs for this year’s Relay for Life are Lisa Gentry and Denise Strobel.  Both know firsthand the importance of cancer research as Strobel is a nine-year breast cancer survivor and Gentry was diagnosed in 2012 with colon cancer and is now cancer free.
Committee chairs for the event are American Cancer Society staff partner, Sara Withrow; Team Recruitment Co-Chairs, Lorie Randolph and Dian Wilemon; Survivors Co-Chairs, Mollye Walsh and Sheila Atkins; Sponsorship Chair, Tami Hester; Entertainment Chair, Art Gentry; Accounting Chair, Patti Boozer; Online Chair and Activities Chair, Denise Strobel; Luminaria Chair, Lisa Gentry.
“This is going to be the best relay Monroe County has seen. It will go down in history. This is a fun way to bring all of the community together to raise money for a wonderful cause. It is also going to be fun as we will be playing games and having a scavenger hunt at the relay,” Strobel.
“It is really personal for me this year. I am glad to be able to participant in this event. Almost everybody, in one way or another, has been affected by cancer,” Gentry said.
Gentry and Strobel said teams are the heart of the relay. There are several teams already signed up, but many more are needed to raise their goal.
To sign up for a team, call Dian Wilemon at 256-9344, or sign up online at relay@acsevents.org. Donations can also be made online.