Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

September 28, 2013

Working all year

By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — After last night’s “Pink Out” game at the Corsicana Tigers Stadium (to highlight breast cancer awareness), we prepare to begin the month of October which is dedicated solely to Breast Cancer awareness.

In keeping with that theme, the Daily Sun will have a story each Saturday in the weekend edition about Breast Cancer, whether it be new information, how to get help locally, or a feature on a survivor.

I have also recently been given new information on the 2014 Relay for Life of Navarro County. And no, it’s not too early to begin planning and thinking about that!

Annot Walthall hands off the Relay for Life baton as Event chair for the past three years, in which she diligently led the Committee and Teams as well as the community toward a milestone in the legacy of Navarro County Relay for Life in reaching the one million dollar mark in funds raised in this county. Whoo hoo!! All since Relay began in this community in the late ‘90s.

“Hat’s off to Annot for her leadership to help make Relay for Life a fight to the finish by fighting cancer, ending suffering, and saving lives of those in Navarro County,” said Becky Long, co-chair.

Originally organized by Janice King and Trena Weidmann, there have been many event chairs through the years who dedicated countless hours and sweat to making Relay not only a reality, but even better than the one the year before.

The first planning meeting for the 2014 Navarro County Relay for Life will be held Oct. 15. It will be at 6 p.m. at Gander Mountain meeting room, and all subsequent meetings will be held the third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., same location. Team members, past Committee members, and anyone wanting to get involved to fight cancer are encouraged to attend.

The next American Cancer Society Relay for Life will be a bit different. It will be held 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Mildred High School football stadium. There will be four event chairmen this time; Christi Bell, Mark Lee, Becky Long and Kay Ovalle. Also assisting in various team capacities are Crystal Shepherd, Ashley Hanna, and Ralph and Ellen Block.

“It absolutely is the spirit of the people here in Navarro County to not sit back and feel bad about cancer,” Long said. “To do something about it and do it with vigor. We have a tremendous community.”

I dare say you probably can’t find a person out there who has not been touched by cancer in some personal way. I myself know so many people battling it currently, I can’t even count. Just today I learned a friend got word that she is beginning yet another battle with this relentless disease. It is not her first.

Please, have your regular screenings when they’re suggested. Take time to educate yourself.

And please, pray for those who are battling this, or who have battled it and won.


Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun columnist and editor of Explore magazine. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached by email at Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email: