By Becky Long
Special to the Corsicana Daily Sun
Nothing can stop Relay for Life participants. The participants’ reasons for supporting Relay are as unique as the individuals themselves.
Relay for Life Navarro County took place the evening of May 17 until the dawn of May 18. Participants have raised $72,217.40 to date for cancer research and programs to help cancer patients and their families.
Community National Bank Team has raised the bar for all other teams with the exceptional leadership of Kay Ovalle by raising $10,296.80 this year. Over the last couple of years the bank has been top of the fundraising leaderboard. Kay personally raised $6,080.46. Her passion for the cure is truly the reason Navarro County has the resources we need.
There were 35 Teams and over 421 team members walking the evening of the event. Top Teams fundraising between $7,500 and $3,500 are: Aiming for the Cure, Capt. Shyann Lair, 23 team members, $6,792; Brookshires/Ole, Capt. Lois Garrett, 15 Team members, $5,218; Mildred ISD, Capt. Brittni Kittrell, 14 team members, $4,780.74; Team Jordan, Capt. Jamye Putman, 19 team members, $4,097; Citizens National Bank, Capt. Tabitha Habbard, 13 team members, $3,966.87; Northside Baptist Church, Capt. Beverly Russell, 16 team members, $3,605.95; Guardian Industries, Capt. Haylee Baumgartner, $3,467; and Navarro College, Capt. Heather Stottman, 18 team members, $3,434.42.
Teams raising between $1,000 and $3,500 were: Music Festival Lakeside Methodist Church, $2,894; Team Deluxe, $2,440.55; Hunting for a Cure, $2,412.20; Mildred Baptist Church (two teams) $3,932; Guns & Hoses, $1,665.50; Misfits, $1,660.79; Camp Gladiators Team Dylan (four teams) $2,482; Prosperity Bank, $1,312; Team Twilight, $1,310; and Corsicana Police Officers Association, $999.50.
The following teams raised funds: Cindy and Amber Blast, Shepherd’s Touch, Corsicana State Home, Brookshires/Ole Team 2, Village People, KCA, Kerens Student Council, Caregivers Rocks and Event Committee Referees.
Relay sponsors for 2013 are: Community National Bank & Trust, Medical Associates and Navarro Regional Hospital.
Honorable mention for their part in Relay event are Navarro College, Cook Center, Chamber of Commerce, Wally’s Party Store, Judge Davenport, Brookshire/Ole, Guardian Industries, Collin Street Bakery, Citizens National Bank, Prosperity Bank, Corsicana Independent School District, Mildred ISD, Kerens ISD, Corsicana State Home, Twilight Home, Hands and Hands Hospice, Brick Street BBQ, Bush’s Chicken, Ryan Payne, Olin Williams, The Fog, Navarro College Media Department and Corsicana Daily Sun.
Organizers of the event noted that the business community of Corsicana played a key role in the success of Relay for Life, and each part was appreciated greatly.
Relay for Life of Navarro County 2013 event committee members were Event Chair Annot Walthall, Adam Walthall, Ashley Hanna, Kay Ovalle, Crystal Shepherd, Mark Lee, Christi Bell, Angie and David Kistler, and Brittni Kittrell. Team passion for the cure led to the success of Relay.
Cancer is 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, therefore, the planning for 2014 Relay event is already in the works. Teams may turn in money until Aug. 31, 2013.
American Cancer Society Navarro County is fortunate to have two events raising funds for research and resources for our community. Wine and Cheese Event is in the planning stages for Fall 2013 with event chairs Lynda Housley and Barbara Watkins. This even raised over $26,000 this past year. Combining the Relay funds raised our community will receive adequate resources to help.
“Cancer is hard — getting help shouldn’t be.” If you need help dealing with cancer call (800) 227-2345 or go online to cancer.org.
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