By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Special Interest | Issue: February 2008
Participants and spectators alike enjoyed Dance For A Cure on Saturday, January 19, at the BAHS Gymnasium. More than 450 young people participated to generate more than $16,000 for the American Cancer Society/BA Relay For Life.
Shortly after Kim Miller-Clark’s Father lost his battle with cancer in April of 2006, the spunky owner of Pom Zone on South Main Street in Broken Arrow decided she and her sister, Kristi Spaethe, should do something in loving memory of their Father that would assist in the fight against cancer. It’s a hard fact that one out of every two Oklahomans will engage in battle against some form of cancer in their lifetime. In 2006, Miller-Clark founded Dance For A Cure and the first benefit performance took place in 2007 raising more than $10,000 for the Broken Arrow Relay For Life. Relay For Life is the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society and more than 3.5 million Americans will participate in 4,800 events nationwide this year. The money raised will be used for cancer research, education, advocacy, and to assist cancer survivors and their families through numerous ACS services and programs. Pom Zone is both a Corporate Sponsor and a Team Sponsor of the Broken Arrow Relay For Life.
Saturday, January 19, 2008, marked the Second Annual Dance For A Cure event. More than $16,000 was raised and will benefit the American Cancer Society through the 2008 Broken Arrow Relay For Life Event.
More than 450 area youth and teens performed dance routines to the delight of parents and spectators at the BAHS Gymnasium during the four-hour Dance For A Cure. Miller-Clark expressed her appreciation for the program’s success by thanking coaches, parents and supporters, and the young people who participated. “Your help in making Dance For A Cure such a great success is so appreciated! The youth of today can, and are, making a difference. This is a great opportunity for local dance teams and pom squads to come together for a day of unity and do something to aid in the battle against cancer. I’m really proud of all our youth and their supporters who contributed to making our second annual event such a tremendous success,” added Miller-Clark.
Alison Dunn, Chairperson of the 2008 Broken Arrow Relay For Life Event, kicked off the day’s event by thanking all participants, family members and friends for their support of such a worthwhile cause that, in one way or another, affects every one of us. “I am certain that there is no one here today who has not had, or does not know someone who has had, cancer. Together, we can win this fight and one day make the world cancer free,” she said.
A bag of cotton candy was all that was needed to quickly replenish energy resources for Allie Walsh (and her Mom) following Allie’s group performance.
The official 2008 Kick Off for the BA Relay For Life is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5750 South Elm Place, Broken Arrow. Anyone involved with, or interested in learning more about, Relay For Life is invited to attend.
The 11th Annual BA Relay For Life event is scheduled for Friday, June 6, at the South Intermediate High School Track and Field, located at 301 W. New Orleans, Broken Arrow. Formal Opening Ceremonies will commence at 7:00 p.m. with entertainment and activities scheduled throughout the night. Teams are now forming. For information, please contact Marcy Beeman at the American Cancer Society, 743-6767.
Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to CELEBRATE survivors, REMEMBER loved ones, and raise money to FIGHT BACK against cancer.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.