Monday, February 25, 2013

Darke County Relay for Life Kicks Off Planning for 2013

The Darke County Relay for Life Committee recently held their organizational “Kick Off” meeting. The meeting was led by Co-Chair Lois Lyons. Also on hand was Co-Chair Dawn Sanders and American Cancer Society (ACS) Staff Partner, Mark Kaufman.

The meeting was designed to introduce the many volunteers by committee and team and to address any questions, as well as, brainstorm for the Darke County Relay for Life event which will be held at Heritage Park in Versailles on July 19th – 20th.

Committee chairs were formally announced as:

  • Survivor Chair: Joyce Johnson
  • Luminaria Chair: Joni Robinson
  • Logistics Chair: Shelly Gasson
  • Auction Chair: Dawn Sanders
  • Entertainment & Activities Chair: Marcus Elleman
  • Financial Chair: Diane Elsas
  • Food Chair: Rose Schlater
  • Publicity Chair: Kathy Magoto & Laura Gower
  • Sponsorship Chair: Vicki Everetts
  • Health Promotions Chair: Carrie Drees
  • Online Chair: Lynne Mangen

Each committee consists of a supportive group of volunteers, but new volunteers are always welcomed. Volunteers bring their personal stories and vision to the fundraising efforts of the Relay event. Volunteers are our neighbors, friends, and relatives who desire to work together to raise awareness, network with cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, family and friends and help in the fight against cancer. The funds raised go to the American Cancer Society to fight against all types of cancer, as well as, provide support programs.

One such support program is the Hope Lodge, which offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting well. Hope Lodge provides a nurturing, home-like environment where guests can retreat to private rooms or connect with others. Every Hope Lodge also offers a variety of resources and information about cancer and how best to fight the disease.

Currently, there are 31 Hope Lodge locations throughout the United States. Last year these facilities housed 50,000 people while they underwent treatment.

If you are interested in becoming a part of your community’s “2013 Relay For Life” you may contact Lois Lyons:, 937-526-9744 or Dawn Sanders:, 937-564-5959 or come to the next meeting at 6:30 pm on Monday, March 11th at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve, Greenville.

Submitted by Kathy Magoto

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