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2010 Relay kicks off

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By Kristin Beck

Relay for life organizers and volunteers hope to raise money to help “toon out” cancer at this year’s event.

The 2010 American Cancer Society Relay for Life will be held on Friday May 21, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. The goal for this year’s event, themed “Let’s Toon Out Cancer,” is to have 30 teams and raise at least $100,000, according to Jamie Webb, executive director for the Northern Kentucky American Cancer Society Office. The registration fee is $100 per team.

About 35 people attended the kickoff held on March 10 at the Carroll County Public Library. Organizers discussed this year’s goals and heard presentations from two people affected by cancer, Relay for Life Accounting Chair Beth Toombs said. Vickie Sampson, a cancer survivor and team captain for the Carroll County Middle School team, gave a “Surviving Story” presentation, and Jimmy Ray, who lost his father to lung cancer, gave a caregiver presentation.

At a committee meeting last week, volunteers were assigned to various committees including entertainment and activities, team recruitment and logistics. Last year’s chairman, Scott Niswonger, will head this year’s event as well.

“We’re always looking for new people to join the committee and help in any way they can,” Toombs said.

New to this year’s fundraising is City Saver coupon books. The books are $20 and contain coupons for restaurants, stores and entertainment locations mostly in the Louisville area, Toombs said.

When asked how the money raised from Relay for Life finds its way back to Carroll County, Toombs pointed to the new ACS Cancer Resource Center, located at Carroll County Memorial Hospital. The center will offer information about programs and services offered through ACS and will be giving away items such as wigs, scarves, turbans and prosthetics to patients and their families, according to a Jan. 20 News-Democrat article. The grand opening of the center will be held on March 31 at 1 p.m.

Toombs said cancer patients or caregivers can also call ACS’ information line at 1-800-227-2345 for 24-hour assistance and information. Webb said many in Carroll County also receive help with gift items, such as wigs, scarves and prosthetics, from ACS. ACS can help with transportation needs to and from treatment, and they also offer support groups, she said.

Toombs, who lost her grandfather and great uncle to melanoma, said she encourages others to get involved with Relay for Life and raise money “just so another family won’t have to go through what we did.”

While Relay is a couple months away, there are a few upcoming fundraising events to be aware of. Team Robbins will be holding a Poker Run on Sunday, May 16. Registration will be from 9-11 a.m. at the front entrance of General Butler State Resort Park. It will begin at 11:30 a.m. and end about 4 p.m. at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. The cost is $15 per bike or $5 per rider and $5 per extra hand. The winning hand will receive $100. Food will be provided, and door prizes will be awarded.

The Riverbourne Team is having a Relay For Life Yard Sale on Saturday April 3 starting at 8 a.m. at the Riverbourne Medical Center at 205 Marwill Drive in Carrollton. Donations can be dropped off at their office to Laura Groseclose. She can be reached at (502) 732-6956.

For more information on the Carroll County’s Relay for Life, visit their Web site at www.relayforlife.org/carrollky or contact Beth Toombs at (502) 750-5444.