By Lisa Voyles
HOUSTON – The 2009 Chickasaw County Relay for Life was held last Friday night in Joe Brigance Park in Houston and raised over $40,000 for the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer.
Nine teams participated in the fund raising event and HIS Team, comprised of Fellowship Baptist and Macedonia United Methodist churches, brought in the most money to donate with $7,735. This year, the two churches had an extra partner as First United Methodist Church held a bake sale and raffle with the proceeds going to HIS Team for ACS.
Friends and relatives cheered their loved ones around the track during the Victory lap and then joined them in the walk against cancer. Teams visited with each other and sampled goodies for sale as children played in the park. Musical entertainment was provided by the Layman Quartet and the Master’s Quartet and many brought lawn chairs to enjoy the gospel music.
The guests and participants paused for the Luminary ceremony as emcee Rick Huffman read names in honor and in memory of loved ones who are fighting the battle or have won the war.
Sarah Flake co-chaired the event with long-time chairman, Jean Dendy, and had words of thanks and praise for everyone involved in this year’s event.
“Man, oh man, where do I begin to thank all the people who were involved,” Flake said. “So many people gave so much of their time and effort to make the Relay successful. There were so many people helping from the Survivor’s tent and the luminaries and we thank all the new teams we picked up this year.”
Nine teams participated in the event this year and while the weather had caused some apprehension, the skies stayed dry for the duration of the Relay.
“Most of all, I thank God for the wonderful weather we got,” Flake said. “We need to give God all the credit and the glory for everything we did.”