Each of us has been touched by cancer — a loved one, a friend, a co-worker, or perhaps we have fought the disease ourselves.
To help those who are fighting now, those who will fight in the future and those who have lost the battle, the Rim Relay for Life creates an opportunity to remember, celebrate and help beat the disease.
This year the event is from noon to midnight, Saturday, June 1 at the Payson High School track. The Survivors Lap around the track is at noon, Saturday, June 1, launching the event.
Teams and individuals will be walking the track throughout the relay — each team must have a representative on the track at all times.
One of these teams is led by Linda Morris. Her team is “We are The Believers” and like the other teams, they will have a booth at the football field, inside the track. They will be selling food and items members have made.
There will also be a variety of baskets with items that different businesses have donated to be raffled at the event. Some of these can be viewed at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino between now and the relay.
Morris’ team and others are looking for sponsors, donations, and a gift from businesses to put in the raffle baskets. “Anything you can give will be very much appreciated. This is such a great cause,” Morris said.
“I know just about everyone knows a family member, friend, or neighbor that has cancer, had cancer or passed from cancer. In the past three years my family recently lost my sister Peggy and my brother Fred. Another sister Penny had breast cancer, but she made it, thank God. I lost an uncle. I have cousins that have, had or have passed from cancer.
“I adopted a very special young lady Kelli and have a very dear friend Jean who have both had cancer. They are both OK and both walked on our team last year and I’m lucky to have them here to walk on our team again this year.”
To help Morris’ team, or another group, go to the Rim Country Relay for Life Web site, www.rimrelay.com, click on the information bar that has the number of teams/participants, scroll down to the team name “We are The Believers,” and learn all about why participants walk to raise money.
Also to raise money, there are also luminaria sacks available to purchase and decorate with a loved one’s picture, their name or anything that person liked or loved (or in any other fashion). All the luminaria sacks will be placed around the high school track and at 9 p.m. all the lights will go off.
“It’s beautiful, peaceful and serene. At that time, whoever wants to can get on the track and walk in the honor of their loved one. It’s amazing to see everyone on the track and all the luminarias lit up,” Morris said.
Purchase a luminaria from a member of Morris’ team or any other team for $10. Commemorative luminarias are also available at the Payson Public Library, Ace Hardware, Payson Senior Circle or the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Any money that is raised for the Relay for Life goes to the American Cancer Society — 72 percent is used for research, prevention, patient support and detection/treatment; 22 percent is allocated to fund-raising; and 6 percent to management.
Morris can be contacted at (928) 468-6371. Or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or go to cancer.org.