After an incredible amount of work by a large number of very dedicated people, the 2006 American Cancer Society's Payson Relay for Life event was a resounding success and it is now a part of Payson's history.
I feel honored to have been selected as the event coordinator for the Payson Relay for Life this year. I would like to thank this great community for their outstanding generosity and support. We had 22 teams, with a total of 512 team participants, over 100 cancer survivors, and more members of the public than we could even count.
With over 1,000 luminarias honoring those who have fought cancer, some who have won and many who did not, the ceremony at 9 p.m. was very moving, and there was hardly a dry eye in the house. It served to bring home the fact that cancer does not discriminate, nor does it sleep.
I would like to thank the members of the Relay Committee for their dedication, cooperative spirit, and the many, many hours of hard work that it took to make this year's Relay for Life event a phenomenal success. Without the dedicated assistance of Crystal Laird, Flo Bird, Nicki Jones, Kathleen Hughes, Terri Legassie, Mike Burket, Ed Blair and Craig Miller, this event could not have been the unqualified success that it turned out to be.
The teams this year did an unprecedented job of raising funds for the fight against cancer, bringing in a total in excess of $46,000. Wow.
We also appreciate and would like to recognize the generosity of this year's sponsors. Relay for Life would not be possible without them. Our sponsors this year include the Mazatzal Casino, Wal-Mart, RTA Hospice, Payson Concrete, Country Kitchen, and Bashas'. We would also like to thank the Payson School District for the use of the High School Football Field and Track, which was the perfect location for an event of this magnitude.
I would like, once again, to recognize the cancer survivors who participated in this great event. They are the reason we continue the fight, because each year more and more people are living wonderful and productive lives following a diagnosis of cancer. This event is held each year to give hope to those who hear those dreaded words, "You have cancer."
Marque Jacobs, Relay for Life event coordinator, Payson