By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Lee County Relay for Life is ready to cruise down memory lane.
American Cancer Society volunteers pulled out their poodle skirts and pompadours Monday to kick off their annual Relay for Life effort at Big Oaks Golf Course.
“Our goal for Lee County is to raise $45,000,” said Michelle Mauldin, who is chairing the annual event with Donna Kingsley.
The money raised by the Relay for Life events helps fund national research and information services but also provides transportation assistance for cancer survivors in treatment, wigs and prostheses for survivors, and support groups for survivors and their families. The event also celebrate individual victories over cancer.
amp”I started Relay for Life right after I was diagnosed,amp” said Denise Strobel of Amory, a Hero of Hope who spoke at the kick off. amp”It gets better every year for me.amp”
This year’s team was inspired by the Blue Suede Cruise, which will be held the same weekend at the BancorpSouth Arena. The Relay for Life will begin at 6 p.m. May 4 at Fairpark in downtown Tupelo.
“We hope people can go back and forth,” Mauldin said.
Organizers are hoping the fight against cancer inspires at least 25 teams to join the effort this year. They’re encouraging co-workers, neighbors, church families and schools. Individuals who can’t form a team can volunteer their time with the Relay committee. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Cancer touches so many lives that everyone has a personal reason to fight the disease.
“I can’t help by being a doctor; I can’t be a researcher,” said Mauldin, who is a breast cancer survivor. “But I can help this way.”