By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Special Interest | Issue: May 2009
Chatters the Clown is always a favorite for kids attending Relay For Life of Broken Arrow.
The American Cancer Society would like to extend the invitation to any cancer survivor and guest to a Survivors’ Dinner. On Friday, June 5, the American Cancer Society is hosting the 12th Annual Relay For Life of Broken Arrow Survivors’ Dinner.
Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. at South Intermediate High School Track and Field under the big tent, just prior to the Relay For Life opening ceremonies. Charlie’s Chicken, Stone Mill Barbeque, and Boys Can Smoke are generously offering a complimentary meal to each cancer survivor and his or her guest.
Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising activity. It offers everyone in the community of Broken Arrow the opportunity to fight back against cancer. Teams are still forming for the June 5-6 Relay, and you may register your team by calling Maranda Figueroa at (918) 477-5419. Teams are the lifeblood of this event, and individuals, businesses, organizations, churches, youth groups, or any interested party are encouraged to call to find out how simple it is to get involved in the fight to eradicate cancer.
“Relay For Life is a celebration of life, and we are looking forward to paying tribute to the tremendous personal journey that cancer survivors have been on. Every survivor is invited, whether they were diagnosed yesterday or 50 years ago,” said 2009 Committee Chairman Henry Busky.
Relay allows communities to celebrate the lives of those who have survived their personal battle with cancer. For the newly diagnosed, Relay offers an opportunity to meet someone who has survived the same type of cancer. For the cancer patient in treatment, Relay provides an opportunity to share with others. For the long-term survivor, Relay brings a community’s recognition of the struggle and closure to a trying time in their life.
“Everyone who participates in Relay For Life understands the challenges that cancer survivors have overcome, and there is peace of mind knowing that together we can face the challenges ahead,” said Survivor Chair Jackie Sullivan. “It is not mandatory, but it will help us with planning if survivors call in their reservation by May 27.”
Relay For Life of Broken Arrow will commence with the opening ceremonies at 7 p.m., followed immediately with the survivors’ victory lap on Friday evening, June 5, and will conclude with a brief closing ceremony as the sun rises Saturday, June 6. There will be lots of food and children’s and adult activities throughout the night, plus a Luminaria Ceremony to honor those who have fought the battle against cancer. Also on the lineup are team challenge activities, live and silent auctions, a stage with an evening full of good local entertainment, and much more to keep everyone entertained throughout the 12-hour event. Please try to join your community neighbors for all or part of the evening as we each do our part to raise funds to help fight the battle.
For more information, or to make a reservation, please call Henry Busky at (918) 688-4930, Jackie Sullivan at (918) 258-4787, or Pam McLeod at (918) 810-3428. For more information about the American Cancer Society call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org. The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.
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.