The 2014 Relay For Life of Polk County celebration will he held May 30th starting at 6:00 P.M. at Janssen Park in Mena. 15 teams of hard working local volunteers have been raising money to be used in the fight against cancer. Each one of these volunteers have a story and a reason that they participate in Relay For Life. Here a some of the reasons that local Relay For Life volunteers have for being involved.
I am involved with Relay For Life because I have had multiple friends and family members touched by this disease. I believe that coming together as a community to raise money for more birthdays is a duty for every community member. - Natalie Rose
I Relay because of my daughter Melissa. It was such a helpless feeling for her Dad and I - not knowing what we could do to help her. Then we learned about Relay For Life and we have been involved ever since. Raising dollars to help find a cure for this horrible disease is our way of helping Melissa and others. - Rhonda McKee
I Relay because of my mother in law and brother in law and several friends. My mother in law and brother in law are survivors but I have lost two very close friends. It is my hope that if we keep fighting we can find a cure - Terri Harrison
I Relay because I never want a parent to hear the words "your child has cancer". At the age of 1 year 23 months my son was diagnosed with leukemia. Cancer is an evil battle and one that needs to go away! The American Cancer Society is the leader in research and finding cures. I am proud to support that effort. - Charlotte Wiles
I Relay because I lost my father, brother, father in law, brother in law, and sister in law to cancer. The loss of them was very hard, but seeing my 2 1/2 year old grand daughter have a bone marrow test and seeing her go through surgery was heart breaking. Thanks to the Lord and the knowledge he gave doctors, she is a survivor. I want to raise money for research so that a cure can be found and no other family has to go through what we have gone through. - Toni Tillota
I Relay for one of my best friends and co worker, Betty Johnson and for my two aunts that have passed away from colon cancer. Relay is a great camaraderie of friends, family and co workers caring for each other. - Debbie Welch
I Relay because I want to fight for a cure for cancer. My favorite part of Relay For Life is the lives we touch and the friends we make for life. - Crystal Mos
I Relay for the fight against cancer because I have lost a lot of family member to cancer. My favorite part of Relay For Life is when everyone comes together to raise money for the fight. The night of Relay is the best because everyone is there for the same reason. It feels like one big family reunion. - Jared Standridge
I started with Relay For Life because I lost my aunt to pancreatic cancer. I want so badly to help in the fight for a cure for ALL cancer. I am amazed that so much of every dollar goes to research. I Relay for More Birthdays. - Brandi Sachs
I Relay to be involved in my community and for the people that aren't able to. - Samantha Rusert
My team Relays for cancer survivors and for a cure for cancer! - James Hale
I Relay for my son Traven. We are all in this for a cure for cancer. - Carol Lane
I Relay because I care. I want a cure. - Jacque Gallego
I am involved in Relay For Life to help find a cure for cancer. Relay is good people working together for a cure and having fun. - George McKee
The American Cancer Society, through the fundraising efforts of volunteers like these here in Polk County along with volunteers in over 5,200 Relays in the U.S., saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, finding cures and fighting back against this disease. Thanks to research funded by Relay For Life, many cancers that were once considered a death sentence can now be cured and for many more people their cancer can now be treated effectively. Every person in Polk County who has been touched by cancer benefits from the research funded by the dedicated volunteers of Relay For Life of Polk County.
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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 The Little Things - Devotionals from a small town, using articles from the column. I published the second book in the Devotionals from a small town series, titled In the Fog, in December 2017.