Gina and I have been working hard preparing for Relay For Life. Just a few more days until the big event. The USEM Federal Credit Union team has already raised over 5,000 dollars to help in the fight against cancer.
I am involved in Relay For Life for a number of reasons. The number one reason is because Gina is passionate about Relay. She has such a passion for Relay For Life that it rubs off on those around her. Her passion stems from her family history. Her mother died of cancer when Gina was just 21 years old. Her father had colon cancer, and all three of her sisters have had breast cancer. She is the only person in her immediate family that is cancer free.
GINA AND HER SISTERS
Several years ago, Gina's sister Roberta got involved with Relay For Life in Enumclaw, Washington. For a number of years, Gina would travel to Enumclaw to be a part of Relay For Life there. Three years ago, we learned that Polk County was going to have a Relay. We got involved in the 2007 Relay, and have been involved ever since.
My uncle, Delbert Lawry, died from cancer five years ago. I lost not only an uncle, but a friend and someone who was willing to help anytime.
Just a few months ago my sister-in-law, Lenora lost her long running battle to cancer. She participated each year in the Polk County Relay. The Relay this year just won't be the same without her. I am dedicating my participation in this years Relay to Lenora. I have come to realize the importance of the work that the American Cancer Society does. It is involved in research, prevention, and helping those who are dealing with cancer.
LENORA AT RELAY FOR LIFE
The 2010 Polk County Relay For Life will be held at Janssen Park on Friday, April 23 starting at 6:00 P.M. and going on through the night until 10:00 A.M. Saturday morning.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in our community a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at Janssen Park and take turns walking around the track. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relay is an overnight event.
Relay starts with a Survivor Lap, an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories we’ve achieved over cancer. The Survivors Lap is an emotional example of how Relay participants are creating a world with more birthdays like those of each individual on the track.
RICHIE OWENS AND SIX MILE CREEK
There will be live entertainment, food, fun and games during the evening, with all proceeds going to the Relay For Life. After dark, we honor people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants often walk a lap in silence.
LUMINARIA IN JANSSEN PARK
No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at Relay and you can make a difference by attending this powerful event. To find a Relay For life event in your area go here. Thanks to Relay participants, we are creating a world with more birthdays.
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.