The reason I relay is to join in the celebration of the lives saved through the research made possible with the money that is raised, and to join with family and friends to remember those lost to this dreaded disease. My prayer is that every year we have more luminaries in honor than luminaries in memory of loved ones. To me this is what relay is all about.
My family and I have been truly blessed to have not lost anyone to cancer although we have had family members overcome this disease with the grace of God and cancer research that is made possible with the funds raised each year through relay. This is a wonderful time for our community to join together to remember, celebrate and fight back against cancer.
If you have never been a part of relay, you have really missed a blessing. We laugh and cry and play. We have a wonderful time and I would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to join us on May 15 at Joe Brigance Park for a night of cancer fighting movies – our Relay theme this year.
Our teams are all working really hard not only to raise money but to create a relaxing and joyful relay night. We will have wonderful entertainment and good food and fellowship. After being a team captain for two years, I really appreciate all the hard work our teams are doing. “Go teams, go!”
I would like to thank Ms. Jean Dendy for allowing me to co-chair with her this year. Chickasaw County has really been blessed to have her as our chairperson for 10 of the 12 years we have had a relay. After working with her for the past two years as captain, I knew this would be a good opportunity to learn from the best and trust me, I could never do this alone. Thanks Ms. Jean!
We not only have nine teams this year, we also have wonderful committee members who are willing to do whatever it takes to get relay going and make it successful. Also, thanks to Mrs. Kim Easterling, our Community Representative, and the Mid South American Cancer Society are always available to assist us in any way.
If I had to sum up the reasons to relay, I would say that it is about the satisfying feeling you get knowing you have done all you can do to help fight cancer, celebrate our survivors, and remember those we lost.
Sarah Flake is the Co-Chair of the 2009 Chickasaw County Relay for Life.