NCHS Re­lay for Life raises more than $3,000

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­GELA PRICE aprice@kibay­times.com

RIDGELY — The in­au­gu­ral Re­lay for Life at North Caro­line High School June 6 sur­passed or­ga­niz­ers’ goals by 300 per­cent. Re­al­iz­ing it was the first year for the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety fundraiser lo­cally, they set a mod­est goal of $1,000, said ris­ing se­nior Shelby Turner.

When the fi­nal count was done, they had raised $3,039.43, she said.

RIDGELY — The in­au­gu­ral Re­lay for Life at North Caro­line High School June 6 sur­passed or­ga­niz­ers’ goals by 300 per­cent. Re­al­iz­ing it was the first year for the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety fundraiser lo­cally, they set a mod­est goal of $1,000, said ris­ing se­nior Shelby Turner.

When the fi­nal count was done, they had raised $3,039.43, she said.

The event kicked off at 3 p.m. in the Bull­dogs foot­ball sta­dium af­ter school dis­missed for sum­mer. Mas­ter of cer­e­monies Mike Sousa, a lit­er­acy coach at Colonel Richard­son, wel­comed all par­tic­i­pants; Den­ton Mayor Abi­gail McNinch added her words of sup­port; and can­cer sur­vivor Co­letta Miller in­spired the crowd with the story of her bat­tle with blood can­cer.

Or­ga­niz­ers Turner, fel­low ris­ing se­nior Mailly Carnochan and sci­ence teacher Cather­ine Born­hoeft all drew sup­port from fam­ily mem­bers in at­ten­dance. Fam­ily seemed to be a theme for the event. No one fights can­cer alone, and even those with­out blood rel­a­tives present were part of the larger “fam­ily” of those touched by can­cer was the mes­sage.

Fol­low­ing open­ing re­marks, sur­vivors led the first lap around the track. Among other spe­cial laps were a bub­ble lap and a re­verse lap. Sev­eral well-be­haved dogs also par­tic­i­pated. In be­tween laps, there was plenty for peo­ple to do.

A moon bounce, games and ven­dors were set up on the foot­ball field.

Mem­bers of the school’s Leo Club turned out in force to help and also ran a fundrais­ing game in­volv­ing drop­ping a quar­ter into a glass un­der­wa­ter. Nu­mer­ous teach­ers also took part and helped with fundrais­ing.

The band Flat­land Drive pro­vided live mu­sic on the track. There was a bake sale and face paint­ing. The Miller fam­ily do­nated le­mon­ade for sale.

Many lo­cal busi­nesses do­nated prizes that were raf­fled. Each ven­dor also do­nated to the raf­fle. Born­hoeft su­per­vised raf­fle ticket sales and col­lected do­na­tions from teams as they checked in. Carnochan care­fully kept track of the raf­fle win­ners.

All pro­ceeds from the raf­fles and the bake sale were in­cluded in the fi­nal

Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety do­na­tion, Turner said. So were pro­ceeds from a raf­fle con­ducted by Pam­pered Chef con­sul­tant Melinda Gil­bert.

Peo­ple also pur­chased lu­mi­nar­ies and dec­o­rated bags with the names of loved ones. As dusk ap­proached, the crowd ex­ited the sta­dium to light the lu­mi­nar­ies in the field next door, where Born­hoeft and Turner gave clos­ing re­marks and a fi­nal lap took place.

Turner said they hope to make the Re­lay an an­nual event.

PHO­TOS BY AN­GELA PRICE

Can­cer sur­vivors, from left, Co­letta Miller of Den­ton, Aleta Groce of Greens­boro and Faye Har­ris of Greens­boro, pre­pare to cut the sur­vivors’ cake dur­ing Re­lay for Life at North Caro­line High School.

From left, Erin Kistler, Mailly Carnochan and Shelby Turner dur­ing Re­lay for Life at North Caro­line High School.

PHOTO BY DAR­REN BLACK

From left, Tra’veyah Cole-Daniels, Ta­tianna Sa­muel and Jazmine Carlisle raise money for their team, Kick It, dur­ing Re­lay for Life.

PHOTO BY ABBY PRICE

Shelby Turner dis­plays the lu­mi­nary bag she made in mem­ory of her grand­par­ents Bar­bara and Billy Hick­man.

PHOTO BY AN­GELA PRICE

North Caro­line High School ris­ing junior Zyaair Thomas jumps in the moon bounce dur­ing the Re­lay for Life Tues­day af­ter­noon, June 6, at the school.

PHOTO BY AN­GELA PRICE

Re­lay for Life vol­un­teers Al­lie Ward, left, and Emily Ward take a break.

PHOTO BY DAR­REN BLACK

Aleta Groce of Greens­boro pre­pares to add her hand­print to the sur­vivors and care­givers poster.

PHOTO BY ABBY PRICE

Can­cer sur­vivor Co­letta Miller shares her con­tin­u­ing bat­tle with Re­lay for Life par­tic­i­pants at North Caro­line High School.

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