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$90,000 raised by PC Relay For Life

PULASKI COUNTY — Although Pulaski County’s “Carnival of Life” Relay for Life event has passed, participating teams and members of the community can still play a part in the local fight against cancer.
As of now, $90,000 has been raised for the cause, according to Kate Jenkins, community manager for the American Cancer Society.
However, Sandy Emeott, Relay for Life chair, explained that the Pulaski County Relay for Life’s budget year will not be complete until the end of August, which gives the community two and a half more months to continue fundraising.
As for the “Carnival of Life” Relay for Life event held at Randolph Park in Dublin earlier this month, both Emeott and Jenkins believe that the event was a “great success.”
“The event went very well and we had great participation this year,” said Emeott. “Even when we held the midnight swim in the pool, there will still over 200 people there.”
Emeott said that one of the reasons that this year’s Relay for Life event went more smoothly is because changes were made in the layout for how the event was carried out by the different Relay committees, but added that for next year, plans are still being made to expand the committees even more.
Speaking of next year, Emeott noted that Randolph Park will be the venue for Relay for Life 2009 and that “Carnival of Life” would remain as the event’s theme.
Three of the main goals of Relay for Life are to celebrate and honor those who have battled cancer, remember those lost to the disease and get inspired and raise money to fight back.
Jenkins said that all three of those goals were fulfilled during the Relay for Life event.
The event began with celebration, as about 50 cancer survivors walked a “survivor lap” around a special track set up at the park, Jenkins said.
Later that night, participants walked around the track, which was lined with luminarias lit in remembrance of those who had lost their lives to cancer. Inspirational music was played during this time, including “Amazing Grace,” which was played on the bagpipes.
As the event drew to a close the next morning, Jenkins said that participants signed a banner, making their own personal pledges to fight back, whether it be through volunteer efforts, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, etc..
Throughout the months leading up to the “Carnival of Life” event, local school children contributed to fundraising for Pulaski County’s Relay for Life as well.
Regina Fields, Relay for Life school involvement coordinator, has totaled how much money each school within the county has raised. Those amounts are as follows:
•Dublin Middle School- $375; Tess Carper and Gracie White were the two top fundraising students
•Dublin Elementary-$5,263.00; Brody Fields and D.J. Schnicke were the two top fundraising students
•Newbern Elementary-$210; Jake Clary and Kayla Mabe were the two top fundraising students
•Snowville Elementary- $1,422.00; Grayson Covey and Baleigh Cox were the top two fundraising students
•Riverlawn Elementary-$1,410.00; McKenzie Hunt and Ray Lewis were the two top fundraising students
•Pulaski Elementary- $8,443.00; Chelsea Myers, Belle Cizl and Kristina Simpkins were the three top fundraising students
•Pulaski Middle- $2,070; Megan Winn, Chuckie Earhart and Jacob Perdue were the top three fundraising students
•Critzer Elementary- $2,118.00; Hayley Hodge was the top fundraising student
•Pulaski County High- $1,800.00; Danielle Waller and Jamie Sadler were the top two fundraising students

All of the money that has been raised by the local community participating in Relay for Life will be used to fund research to prevent, detect and treat cancer. Jenkins noted that in addition, the money will be used within this community to fund programs and services created to aid local people with cancer.

To find out about these programs and services, or to learn how to volunteer or become involved with the Pulaski County Relay for Life, contact Sandy Emeott at (540) 994-8300 or Kate Jenkins with the American Cancer Society at (540) 774-2716.

$90,000 raised by PC Relay For Life

PULASKI COUNTY — Although Pulaski County’s “Carnival of Life” Relay for Life event has passed, participating teams and members of the community can still play a part in the local fight against cancer.
As of now, $90,000 has been raised for the cause, according to Kate Jenkins, community manager for the American Cancer Society.
However, Sandy Emeott, Relay for Life chair, explained that the Pulaski County Relay for Life’s budget year will not be complete until the end of August, which gives the community two and a half more months to continue fundraising.
As for the “Carnival of Life” Relay for Life event held at Randolph Park in Dublin earlier this month, both Emeott and Jenkins believe that the event was a “great success.”
“The event went very well and we had great participation this year,” said Emeott. “Even when we held the midnight swim in the pool, there will still over 200 people there.”
Emeott said that one of the reasons that this year’s Relay for Life event went more smoothly is because changes were made in the layout for how the event was carried out by the different Relay committees, but added that for next year, plans are still being made to expand the committees even more.
Speaking of next year, Emeott noted that Randolph Park will be the venue for Relay for Life 2009 and that “Carnival of Life” would remain as the event’s theme.
Three of the main goals of Relay for Life are to celebrate and honor those who have battled cancer, remember those lost to the disease and get inspired and raise money to fight back.
Jenkins said that all three of those goals were fulfilled during the Relay for Life event.
The event began with celebration, as about 50 cancer survivors walked a “survivor lap” around a special track set up at the park, Jenkins said.
Later that night, participants walked around the track, which was lined with luminarias lit in remembrance of those who had lost their lives to cancer. Inspirational music was played during this time, including “Amazing Grace,” which was played on the bagpipes.
As the event drew to a close the next morning, Jenkins said that participants signed a banner, making their own personal pledges to fight back, whether it be through volunteer efforts, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, etc..
Throughout the months leading up to the “Carnival of Life” event, local school children contributed to fundraising for Pulaski County’s Relay for Life as well.
Regina Fields, Relay for Life school involvement coordinator, has totaled how much money each school within the county has raised. Those amounts are as follows:
•Dublin Middle School- $375; Tess Carper and Gracie White were the two top fundraising students
•Dublin Elementary-$5,263.00; Brody Fields and D.J. Schnicke were the two top fundraising students
•Newbern Elementary-$210; Jake Clary and Kayla Mabe were the two top fundraising students
•Snowville Elementary- $1,422.00; Grayson Covey and Baleigh Cox were the top two fundraising students
•Riverlawn Elementary-$1,410.00; McKenzie Hunt and Ray Lewis were the two top fundraising students
•Pulaski Elementary- $8,443.00; Chelsea Myers, Belle Cizl and Kristina Simpkins were the three top fundraising students
•Pulaski Middle- $2,070; Megan Winn, Chuckie Earhart and Jacob Perdue were the top three fundraising students
•Critzer Elementary- $2,118.00; Hayley Hodge was the top fundraising student
•Pulaski County High- $1,800.00; Danielle Waller and Jamie Sadler were the top two fundraising students

All of the money that has been raised by the local community participating in Relay for Life will be used to fund research to prevent, detect and treat cancer. Jenkins noted that in addition, the money will be used within this community to fund programs and services created to aid local people with cancer.

To find out about these programs and services, or to learn how to volunteer or become involved with the Pulaski County Relay for Life, contact Sandy Emeott at (540) 994-8300 or Kate Jenkins with the American Cancer Society at (540) 774-2716.