By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: March 2009
2009 Relay For Life of Broken Arrow Event Committee Chairman Henry Busky and his wife Shirley.
The economy may not be in the greatest shape right now, but your Broken Arrow Relay For Life Event Committee is charged up and running full speed ahead planning for the 2009 June Relay For Life. Cancer has not taken a time out, and we hope Broken Arrow will not either as we join forces in supporting and raising funds for the 12th annual Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society (ACS). Monies raised go to the American Cancer Society with the goal of continuing cancer research, supporting cancer victims and their families, and finding the cure.
ACS is the nationwide, community-based volunteer health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by prevention, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from the disease through research, education, advocacy, and service. The Relay For Life of Broken Arrow is a fun-filled, overnight event in which citizens throughout the community come together to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones, have a lot of fun and raise money for the continuing fight against the disease.
The 2009 Relay Kick-Off Event was held on February 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Broken Arrow. Anyone who was unable to attend the Kick-Off who would like information about starting a team, becoming a corporate sponsor, or signing up as a cancer survivor may call (918) 688-4930. You may also get information on scheduled team captain meetings, and when and where to pick up team registration packets.
There will be a team captain meeting for new teams on Thursday, March 26 at 5 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. All team captains, new and previous, will meet immediately following that meeting at 6 p.m. Additional team captain meetings will be held on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at Trinity. The dates are April 16, April 30, May 14, and May 28 (Pick Up Event T-Shirts and Bank Night).
The mother-daughter team of Danielle and Terry Roush are both committee chairs on the Relay For Life of Broken Arrow Event Committee.
The 2009 BA Relay For Life event is scheduled for Friday evening, June 5-6, with an opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday at South Intermediate High School. Following the opening ceremony, survivors and caregivers will take the traditional opening victory lap around the track, and teams will then commence walking. Relay For Life is a 12-hour event that continues throughout the night and ends with a closing ceremony at sunrise Saturday morning, June 6.
“We want all of Broken Arrow to participate in our 2009 Relay event,” says Chairman Henry Busky. There are many ways to get involved, including starting, sponsoring or joining a team, being a corporate sponsor, helping with survivor activities, making a company or personal donation, or just attending the 2009 Relay For Life to see firsthand what it is all about. Relay For Life is a fun-filled event with lots of entertainment, silent and live auctions open to the public, children’s activities, team competitions and campsites, and lots of food throughout the night.
You may get additional information about Relay For Life of Broken Arrow by calling Henry Busky at (918) 688-4930. Henry reminds us, “Fundraising isn’t the only thing the American Cancer Society does, but all they do depends on it.”
Please consider getting involved and helping in the fight to eliminate 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.