By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2007
Duane and Janice Blankenship, Patrice Ligo and Alison Dunn, members of the Broken Arrow Relay For Life Committee, and Marcy Beeman, The Committee’s American Cancer Society partner, attend Relay University, a leadership training seminar sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
Tighten up those shoelaces! It is time for the 10th Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Broken Arrow. The celebration of life will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 1, ending Saturday, June 2, at 6 a.m. This year’s event brings the Broken Arrow community together in a unified effort to fight cancer, symbolizing the battle faced by cancer patients after their diagnosis.
Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities to celebrate survivors and remember loved ones. Teams of eight to 15 members gather to participate and raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s research, education, advocacy and patient service programs.
“Cancer does not stop at nighttime, so we’re not going to stop at nighttime either,” says Alison Dunn, Relay For Life of Broken Arrow chairman. “We hope the community will join us in this fight.” To volunteer or register a team for the event, call Team Recruitment Chair Jackie Sullivan at (918) 258-4787 or the American Cancer Society’s Marcy Beeman at (918) 743-6767. It is not too late to register a team.
Cancer does not discriminate; it affects everyone. Members of the Broken Arrow community are fighting back against the disease that has attacked friends and loved ones.
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization that is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Through research, education, advocacy and service, the ACS hopes to prevent and diminish suffering from cancer. For more information about cancer, call the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour helpline at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
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.