Relay for Life committee kicks off 2013 campaign

Mar. 01, 2013 @ 05:12 AM

“Really awesome” is how Relay for Life committee co-chair John Condrey described the money raised for the American Cancer Society.

The final total for the 2012 Relay for Life was $203,000, Condrey told a group of volunteers Thursday morning during the 2013 kick-off breakfast for Relay for Life.

He told volunteers, some representing 36 teams also committed to this year’s fundraising event, the challenge is to raise $203,000 again this year.

 “Dream Big, Hope Big, Relay Big” is the 2013 Relay for Life theme and this year’s event will be Sept. 6-7 at  Charles E. Summey Park in Forest City.

Committee co-chair Maria Hunnicutt said the committee members are looking at ways the event can be changed in the future. She said among ideas are to change the two day event to an all day event on a Saturday or stopping the one-day event at midnight, rather than go into the next day.

“We’re looking at ways to do this event a little different . . .We want to make this the biggest and best every year,” Hunnicutt said.

ACS Staff Partner, Debbie Buchanan, thanked all the volunteers for working so diligently for the 2012 Relay for Life and encouraged volunteers to seek more teams this year in an effort to reach the $203,000 goal and beyond.

Buchanan also said  for the first time, Rutherford County residents have an opportunity to participate in the American Cancer Society’s new research study, Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS-3).

At least 300 people, who have never had cancer, are asked to participate in the research study, Buchanan explained. The county has been chosen to participate in the research study because of the history of its “fantastic relays,” Buchanan said. “The goal is to have 300 people for cancer research from here,” she said.

Buchanan said the first Cancer Prevention Study found the link between smoking and cancer; the second study a link between obesity and nutrition. Buchanan said the focus of the third study has not been revealed.

“You can help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause of prevent cancer,” she said. 

Thursday’s morning breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Forest City was sponsored by Watkins Automotives and the men of the church prepared the breakfast.

For more information on the research study, contact Buchanan at 305-3595 and for more information or to have a team, visit