Gainesville Daily Register

April 5, 2013

Local optimism high for this year's 'Relay'

By GREG RUSSELL, Register Staff Writer

Gainesville — Optimism runs high that Cooke County Relay for Life’s 2013 campaign will amount to a final sum beyond its $140,000 target.

More than $47,000 has already been generated among 34 Relay teams and their 380 participants, and officials said several benefit events conducted through April should provide a nice financial supplement for the main Relay event at Leopard Stadium on May 3.

“That really is due to having more teams that are signed up this year,” organizer Stacy Dickerson said. “I really feel like we’re going to meet our goal if not exceed it, and I know for a fact we have teams with some pretty big fundraisers coming up.”

The 2012 installment of Relay — continuing an annual tradition that began in Cooke County in 1996 — garnered roughly $130,000 for the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Where the money goes

Some may view ACS as an organization that directs its funds toward researching a single cure for the disease. The more practical truth, Dickerson said, is that it also uses resources to treat cancer through the development of technology and medication that make life easier for patients.

And on a steadily rising basis, ACS helps give patients life itself. Today’s cancer patient has a potential for remission and health far greater than a patient of the past decade, and ACS money is a prime mover.

“There’s such a wide array of where it goes,” Dickerson said.

Dickerson also cited a recently developed ACS facility in Dallas called Hope Lodge, which provides overnight housing and treatment for cancer patients who are required to commute.

“It also pays for their drivers and their mileage and gas costs,” she said. “And some of that is where Cooke County would benefit. We’ve actually had some volunteers who were taking Cooke County residents to their treatments.”

Dickerson said that during each Relay for Life campaign, final proceeds come from fundraisers leading up to and during the event, but additional money always trickles in later since the process tends to continue through the spring.

“I really feel pretty confident that we’re going to hit our goal,” she said. “We’ve had some really great, new, energized teams along with our seasonal teams, and with the two mixed, we have a great combination and a lot of energy in the community.”

Local fundraisers available

• A bake sale called “Mommas on a Mission” will be at Plaza Pharmacy on Grand Avenue from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through May 3.

• The “Survivor Sundae Funday Event,” free for cancer survivors and their caregivers, is set for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Gainesville Stanford House.

• A bake sale is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Grand Central service station intersecting Grand Avenue and California Street.

• On Wednesday, April 10, Fuzzy’s Tacos on Highway 82 in Gainesville will provide 10 percent of its proceeds between 5 p.m. and closing time to Relay for Life.

• A garage sale, with all proceeds benefiting Relay for Life, is set for 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20, at First State Bank Conference Center on California Street.

• A crawfish boil presented by the “Missy’s Pals” Relay team is set for 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the KC Hall in Gainesville. The event will include live music and an auction. Tickets are $18 for adults, $7 for kids ages 12 and younger, and free for children younger than age 6.

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