‘Wow! What a Relay it was!’
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Luminarias line the track for the Relay for Life on Nov. 12 at the county fairgrounds to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives to cancer and to those who continue their battle to survive.
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REFUGIO — Forty-eight survivors and 37 caregivers were honored at the Joe Barber Relay for Life Survivor dinner on Nov. 12 at the Refugio County Fairgrounds.

Honorees included Matias Canales, Johnny Garcia and Ed Marchak. The Memorial honorees were Maggie Solis, Kenneth Gillespie and Alta Harvey.

“Wow! What a Relay!” said Monica Flores, relay chair.

Overall, the event raised more than $57,000 to help fund programs available to citizens of Refugio County.

Two teams achieved “Gold Team” status – Workin’ for a Cure and The Peace Lutheran Church of Woodsboro.

Peace Lutheran raised more than $6,047 and Workin’ for a Cure raised $5,899.

Refugio County Memorial Hospital and Refugio National Honor Society teams both earned “Silver Team” status. The hospital team raised $3,673.40; and Refugio NHS raised $3,861.90.

The teams Wild About a Cure as well as the Woodsboro National Honor Society and Student Council were given the “Rising Star” Award. The NHS raised $2,170 and Wild for a Cure collected $2,75.06.

Local eighth-grade singer Ali Cossetti entertained the guests at both the dinner and again at the Relay.

Following the dinner, the Refugio County 4-H Ambassadors opened the ceremonies and emcee Michelle Myers encouraged survivors to celebrate their “survivorship.”

Refugio County recognized two of the American Cancer Society’s 2012 Heroes of Hope — Jeanette Ritter, a survivor, and Monica Flores, a caretaker.

Ritter explained her journey of survival and Flores spoke about her infant son’s battle against a rare form of cancer.

“Because Relay is about your story and why the community comes together and does what it does, each of the team captains this year were asked to come up and share their reasons for why they relay, giving us their story,” Myers said.

At the conclusion of the ceremonies, the team captains kicked off this year’s Relay by walking around the track. Nineteen participating teams with a total of 290 participants began the all-night vigil.

“Our teams did a remarkable job this year of not only fundraising, but in their extended participation the night of Relay, itself,” Myers said.

“On behalf of the entire committee, I would like to thank each and every one of our sponsors, teams, volunteers and the community for their participation in making this year’s Relay such a success!” Myers said. “Without your help and the support that you show the American Cancer Society, they would not be able to make the progress they have.”

The organizers said people should look for some very positive changes for 2012.
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