In all the fuss and various disasters that have made up this year so far, I didn’t get a chance to push the American Cancer Society Relay For Life as I’d planned to. That’s especially embarrassing because they’ve decided to rotate it around the county, and this year it’ll be on the Noble County Courthouse square, here in Albion.

 

Don’t let my failure stop you from coming down to show your support! It’ll be from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and as of last time I checked 28 teams have raised over $57,000 for the fight against cancer. Find out more on their Facebook page:

 

 

and on the website at http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY16LS?pg=entry&fr_id=72661.

 

Teams are needed for the Relay For Life of Noble County, which has set a fund raising goal of $45,000 for their 2015 effort to fight cancer. As of late March 17 teams have signed up for the Relay, which is being held May 16-17 at the West Noble High School, south of Ligonier along US 33.

 

At least 15 more teams are needed, and the Relay is also looking to honor and celebrate cancer survivors. The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe, with community based events that raise funds for local programs, services, and research in the fight against cancer. Teams and individuals walk or run around the West Noble track and can stay overnight, participating in various activities and entertainment along the way.

For more information, Please contact Mike White at michaelwhite8@hotmail.com or Tammy Taylor at tamera.taylor@cancer.org

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RELAY FOR LIFE OF NOBLE COUNTY

TEAMS MEETING April 17TH

 

 

ARE YOU READY TO RELAY?!

 

            Noble County Relay For Life Captains and Teams are meeting Thursday, April 17th—just a month before the 2014 Relay.

 

            There’s lots to be discussed, and many tasks to be done to make for another successful event. Captains will meet at 6 p.m. and teams at 7 p.m. at the Noble County Public Library main branch, on East Main Street in Albion.

 

            The 2014 Relay For Life of Noble County will take place on May 17-18th at West Noble High School beginning at 10:00 a.m. that Saturday.  For more information, contact Mike White at (260) 302-2052 or mjw_2013@hotmail.com

 

 

            The Noble County Relay website is here:

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=58860

 

 

            And the Facebook page is here:

https://www.facebook.com/RFLofNobleCounty

 

 

 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

         Noble County Public Library                     

 813 E. Main St. Albion, IN


ozma914: new novel cover art by Kelly Martin (Relay For Life)
( Apr. 9th, 2014 06:44 pm)

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK

 

I can make fun of anything. It’s my job. For instance, last July, as we stood on a scenic overlook over the Mississippi River in Missouri (you can’t look at the Missouri River in Mississippi), I got a phone call to tell me my father had cancer.

Um …

Okay, I can’t make fun of everything.

My Dad had a long, six month fight that wasn’t much fun for anyone, especially since he’d been diagnosed with a type of cancer that has a poor prognosis. (As opposed to a poor proboscis, which wins this column’s unusual word prize by a nose.)

But Dad is one of those people who is always working, so he went to work, kicked cancer in the face, and messed up its proboscis so much that it now looks like proboscis and gravy. His latest checkup is due in a few days (Me? Nervous?), but as of now he’s been declared cancer free.

I won’t go into too much detail, but suffice it to say Dad’s particular cancer, and how advanced it was, makes his cure a miracle … a miracle assisted by modern medicine, just as my father was assisted by the American Cancer Society.

(Suffice, by the way, is the word proboscis beat by a nose. But enough parenthesizing.)

Now, I know what you’re thinking. (Scary, ain’t it? Oops—I parenthesized.) “Mark, you’re not going to use your father’s illness to shill for the Noble County Relay For Life, are you?”

Yes. Yes, I am. But isn’t it better than when I misuse my column to sell books? I mean, use my column to sell books?

(Editor’s note: We’ve only had one complaint about Mark self-promoting in his column. Still, we smack him when we have to. With one of his books.)

(Writer’s note: I’ve got a new book coming out this spring. Ow!)

I try to portray myself as rather self-centered and profiteering, because that way people don’t ask me to, say, help them move, or donate my time. Just the same, some years ago I was brought on board as promotions chair for Noble County’s Relay organization, because they told me I could wear a captain’s hat and put my name on a chair at the meetings. Captain’s hats are cool. We all need to give a little back to our community, and by giving I don’t mean littering in the park.

Finding out I may have prostate cancer made it a bit more personal to me, but after a couple of years of sitting on pins and needles (It’s the prostate. Think about it), Doctor Finger declared that it was probably more or less a false alarm, for now.

(Darn, parenthesis. Oops—darn!)

I have to say, I wasn’t all that thrilled with the caveats on Doctor Finger’s diagnosis. By the way, I had peas and caveats for dinner last night.

Then my step-father had a cancer scare. Then my father actually got cancer. And my father received support from the American Cancer Society, direct, concrete support that involved money, not concrete. Money that people donate through events like the thousands of Relays For Life (Relay For Lives?) that take place around the world.

So, how can I not help our local Relay? Especially after they gave me the cool captain’s hat? Sometimes, when I’m sitting in the living room in my captain’s chair, I pretend the TV is a view screen and order Sulu to go to warp speed. Unfortunately, the only available Sulu is my dog, and he hasn’t mastered the helm controls.

My point, and I had to get to it because all those parentheses have me running out of space, is that cancer is bad. The American Cancer Society is our largest voluntary health organization, unless you count Girl Scouts, who contribute to our emotional health with those cookies. They’re not perfect (The ACS, I mean, Girl Scouts are)—for instance, they didn’t get me a Captain Kirk shirt, which is okay because he didn’t actually wear a captain’s hat. I’d have looked pretty silly ordering the dog to go to warp speed “while … talking … likeCaptain … Kirk” in both a Starfleet uniform and a captain’s hat, wouldn’t I?

I wonder why my wife is laughing at me?

(Editor’s Note: It just occurred to us that Captain Kirk kind of talks in parenthesis. That explains a lot.)

 

 

For more information about the Noble County Relay For Life and how you can get involved, contact Mike White at (260) 302-2052 or mjw_2013@hotmail.com            The Noble County Relay website is:

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=58860

 

            And the Facebook page is:

https://www.facebook.com/RFLofNobleCounty

 

And you can buy my books at www.markrhunter.com (Ow!)


 

 

 

RELAY FOR LIFE OF NOBLE COUNTY

SPONSORS NEEDED

 

            Sponsorship is needed for the 2014 Relay For Life of Noble County. This year’s American Cancer Society event will begin with an Opening Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17th, at the West Noble High School track and field south of Ligonier. The theme chosen is “Racing For A Cure”.

 

            Fourteen teams have already registered—and this year, if team members recruit a sponsor, the donations for that sponsor can go toward the team’s total goals. Sponsors can be any kind of business, organization, volunteer group, church, and any other group or individual who wants to get involved in the fight against cancer. But the deadline for sponsorship is April 4th, which is coming up fast.

 

            For more information about the Noble County Relay For Life and how you can get involved, contact Mike White at (260) 302-2052 or mjw_2013@hotmail.com

 

 

 

            The Noble County Relay website is here:

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=58860

 

            And the Facebook page is here:

https://www.facebook.com/RFLofNobleCounty

 

 

 

Relay For Life participants and visitors  have a chance to celebrate the victory of local cancer survivors during the Survivors Lap; remember those who are fighting cancer or those who have lost their battle to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony; and participate in the Fight Back Ceremony, which gives everyone a chance to proclaim his or her own way of taking action against the disease.

 

 

 

RELAY FOR LIFE OF NOBLE COUNTY

COMING TO SHOWCASE LIGONIER MARCH 29

 

            The Relay For Life of Noble County will have a booth this year at Showcase Ligonier, which will be held at the Cross Walk at Ligonier United Methodist Church, 466 Townline Road on Saturday, March 29th.

            Showcase Ligonier, sponsored by the Ligonier Chamber Of Commerce, offers a day of family fun, information, food and door prizes. It’s all designed to put the spotlight on the greater West Noble area. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free, with many door prizes available including a flat-screen TV. Those attending are asked to bring nonperishable food items for the West Noble Food Pantry.

In addition to the Relay, more than 35 exhibitors have booths. Food concessions will be sold, and events include Bingo operated by West Noble American Legion Post 243. The Ligonier Police department will be there to offer Operation KidPrint ID, which provides parents with photo identification cards for their children.

 

            The 2014 Relay For Life of Noble County will be held May 17-18 at the West Noble High School track and field, south of Ligonier. The theme chosen is “Racing For A Cure”.

 

 

            For more information about the Relay and how you can get involved, contact Mike White at (260) 302-2052 or mjw_2013@hotmail.com

 

 

 

            The Noble County Relay website is here:

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=58860

 

            And the Facebook page is here:

https://www.facebook.com/RFLofNobleCounty

RELAY FOR LIFE OF NOBLE COUNTY

TEAMS MEETING MARCH 20TH

 

            This year’s Noble County Relay For Life is ramping up, with committee and team captain meetings scheduled for Thursday, March 20th, in Albion.

 

            Everyone is welcome, especially if you’re ready to sign up a team. The Relay Committee meeting is from 6-7 p.m. at the Cole Room, in the Noble County Public Library main branch in Albion. A team captain meeting will follow, at 7 p.m.

 

            The 2014 Relay For Life of Noble County will take place on May 17-18th at West Noble High School beginning at 10:00 a.m. that Saturday.  For more information about the kickoff event or on how you can get involved, contact Mike White at (260) 302-2052 or mjw_2013@hotmail.com

 

            The Noble County Relay website is here:

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=58860

 

            And the Facebook page is here:

https://www.facebook.com/RFLofNobleCounty

 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

         Noble County Public Library                     

 813 E. Main St. Albion, IN

 

Relay For Life participants and visitors  have a chance to celebrate the victory of local cancer survivors during the Survivors Lap; remember those who are fighting cancer or those who have lost their battle to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony; and participate in the Fight Back Ceremony, which gives everyone a chance to proclaim his or her own way of taking action against the disease.

 

# # #

 

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. After marking our 100th birthday in 2013, we're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s  largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

     Relay Walkers surpassed their fundraising goal for this year's Noble County Relay For Life, raising an estimated $37,812, according to event chair Carla Fiandt. That far surpassed this year's goal of $34,000. Carla has decided to step down from the position after this year, and will be replaced in 2014 by Michael White of Ligonier.

 

     "Hitting their goal before the event was over qualified them as a Nationally Recognized Pacesetter Event for 2013," according to Melissa Stephens, Community Representative for the American Cancer Society.

 

     More than 300 registered walkers and many other area residents attended this year's 24 hour Relay. The team that raised the most money was "Butterflies From Heaven", sponsored by the Yates family, which raised $3,201.90. Second place went to the Community State Bank team, while the team "Party Crashers" finished third. "The A-Team", featuring members of Albion's Anderson family, came in first at on-site fund raising.

 

     Barb Yates, from the "Butteflies" team, was the top individual fund raiser this year at $1,872. The best decorated team campsite award was divided between the "Party Crashers" and the "School of Walk" teams, while the "Eliminate Cancer" team won best team spirit award.

 

     White says work on the 2014 Noble County Relay For Life effort will begin soon. More information can be found on the Relay For Life Facebook page, or its website at:  http://www.relayforlife.org/noblecountyin

And a couple of photos:

 

 

 

    

 

 

Two cancer survivors will share their stories of hope at the Noble County Relay For Life, coming up this weekend at the West Noble High School track and field.

 

Bev Fitzpatrick, who’s lived in Noble County for 29 years, will be speaker at the Survivor Ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in October, 2011; just a year earlier, Bev retired from her job as elementary physical education teacher at East Noble Community Schools. Her husband, John, is a retired principal and elementary teacher for Central Noble Schools, and they have a son, daughter, and three grandchildren.

 

Bev Goss will talk about her battle with cancer during the Fight Back Ceremony, at 9 p.m. This Bev is owner of Goss Grocery in Big Lake and a member of the Big Lake Church of God, and has lived in Noble County for 42 years. After being a nurse for Parkview Hospital for 41 years, she retired in 2012 to enjoy her 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandkids.

 

Please join us to hear from these inspiration ladies and fight back against the scourge of cancer. The Noble County Relay For Life is still looking for donations and help, and everyone is welcome to attend the event, which lasts from 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18th, to 10 a.m. the following morning.

 

For more information contact Melissa Stephens at melissa.stephens@cancer.org or by phone at 260-471-3911, or Carla Fiandt at the Community State Bank in Albion, at carlaf@csbemail.com, or 260-636-3744.

 

 

 

Other information can be found on the Relay For Life website at:  http://www.relayforlife.org/noblecountyin

 

 

The Noble County Relay For Life has a full line-up of activities for the 2013 American Cancer Society event. Even though Relays raise funds for the very serious battle against cancer, participants will have plenty of fun along the way.

           

            The theme is “Colors of Hope” for this year’s Relay, which will begin with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. May 18th, at the West Noble High School track and field area south of Ligonier. Ceremonies for the weekend include:

 

Opening Ceremony 10:00 AM

Survivor & Caregiver Ceremony 5:00 PM

Fight Back Ceremony 9:00 PM

Luminaria Ceremony 9:30 PM

Closing Ceremony & Awards (Sunday) 9:30 AM

 

At this point the entertainment and activities schedule for the weekend includes:

 

10:00 am

Opening Ceremonies: National Anthem & Presentation of Colors

Main Stage /Bleachers

10:30

Football Toss Contest

Infield

10:30

Gaerte’s Gizmo Rides Start

Infield-East End

11:00

Chippy the Clown

Health & Wellness Tent

11:30

Water Balloon Toss (Teams of 2)

Infield

12:30-1:30

Kid Activities with Theatre 33

Infield

1:00

Inclognito Cloggers

Entertainment Tent

1:30

Free Throw Shooting Contest

Infield-East End

2:00

Elaine’s Dance Studio

Entertainment Tent

2:30

Tug-O-War (10 people) & Sack Race

Infield

3:30

Jello Egg Eating Contest

Entertainment Tent

4:00

Frozen T-Shirt Contest

Infield

5:00 pm

Survivor & Caregiver Ceremony followed by Survivor Dinner

Main Stage/Bleachers

6:30

Relay Karaoke Idol Tryouts

Entertainment Tent

9:00 pm

Fight Back Ceremony

Main Stage/Bleachers

9:30 pm

Luminary Ceremony

Main Stage/Bleachers

11:00-1:00

Relay Idol Finals/Open Karaoke

Entertainment Tent

Midnight

Pizza Delivery

Concession Area

1:00

Scavenger Hunt

Entertainment Tent

2:00

Movie: Wreck It Ralph

Entertainment Tent

4:00

Movie: Avengers

Entertainment Tent

6:00

Lion’s Club Sunrise Breakfast

Concession Area

6:00

Rooster Crowing Contest

Concession Area

6:30

Morning Worship

Entertainment Tent

9:30 am

Closing Ceremony

Main Stage/Bleachers

 

 

Chippy the Clown is scheduled to be at the Relay Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., while Gaerte’s Gizmo is planned to be on site from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

 

 

Each year more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 US communities and 20 other countries take part in Relay events to raise funds for research, treatment, and other assistance. Other information can be found on the Relay For Life website at:  http://www.relayforlife.org/noblecountyin

 

For more information contact Melissa Stephens at melissa.stephens@cancer.org or by phone at 260-471-3911, or Carla Fiandt at the Community State Bank in Albion, at carlaf@csbemail.com, or 260-636-3744.

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK

 

            I spent a lot of time in recent years thinking of cancer, which is strange because most of the men in my family seem to drop dead of heart attacks. You’d think I’d spend all my time making sure everyone around me updates their CPR training.

            Five years ago, after allegations that I was a pretty good writer, I was approached about doing public information work for the Noble County Relay For Life.

            Hopefully it was unrelated, but not long after I was sent to my urologist, Dr. Finger, after an unusually high reading on a routine test. He spoke those most dreaded of all medical sentences: “Drop your pants and bend over”.

            Thus his nickname.

           

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            Everyone needs a little color – especially this time of year – so the 2013 Noble County Relay For Life theme is “Colors of Hope”.  It’s fitting for a fund raising effort that’s about not death, but life.

 

Everyone’s invited to the 2013 kickoff event February 21st, 6:30 p.m., at the Albion branch of the Noble County Public Library on East Main Street. Cancer never sleeps, so American Cancer Society Relays are overnight events, lasting up to 24 hours. This year’s Noble County Relay takes place May 18th and 19th at the West Noble High School track and football field, south of Ligonier, and lots of help is needed.

 

 Team members raise funds to fight the disease and take turns keeping on the track to celebrate those who’ve battled cancer, remember those lost, and fight back. Each year more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 US communities and 20 other countries take part in Relay events to raise funds for research, treatment, and other assistance.

 

The Relay is family friendly, uniting the entire community to celebrate those who’ve had cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide an opportunity to fight back against the disease.

 

Team members are encouraged to find varying ways to raise funds, and at the Relay itself they often camp out around the track (although members aren’t required to be there the whole time), and take part in food, games, and activities. More information and a chance to register online can be found on the Relay For Life website at:  http://www.relayforlife.org/noblecountyin

 

For more information contact Melissa Stephens at melissa.stephens@cancer.org or by phone at 260-471-3911, or Carla Fiandt at the Community State Bank in Albion, at carlaf@csbemail.com, or 260-636-3744.

 

 

 

Mark R Hunter, Promotions Chair

Ozma914@hotmail.com

This is mostly for people in northeast Indiana, of course -- but look for a Relay near you!

Relay For Life

 

The Noble County Relay For Life is prepping for its 2013 cancer fighting effort, and looking for lots of help.

The first step is this year’s first Relay Committee meeting, which will be January 24th at the Albion branch of the Noble County Public Library. Everyone who wants to get involved can come to the Walker Board Room at 6 p.m., no matter which committee they’d like to assist with.

This year the Relay is especially interested in someone to help with corporate sponsorship and team recruitment. Hopefully people from all parts of Noble County will participate, as plans are for three volunteers to help handle each job.

It’s also hoped that someone from each of Noble County’s school districts will get involved in the effort, which will be held at the West Noble High School track and football field starting Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. until 10 a.m. Sunday.

Hope to see you there! For more information contact Melissa Stephens at melissa.stephens@cancer.org or by phone at 260-471-3911, or Carla Fiandt at the Community State Bank in Albion, at carlaf@csbemail.com, or 260-636-3744.

 

Cancer never sleeps, so American Cancer Society Relays are overnight events, lasting up to 24 hours. Team members raise funds to fight the disease and take turns keeping on the track to celebrate those who’ve battled cancer, remember those lost, and fight back. Each year more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 US communities and 20 other countries take part in Relay events to raise funds for research, treatment, and other assistance.

 

Team members are encouraged to find varying ways to raise funds, and at the Relay itself they often camp out around the track (although members aren’t required to be there the whole time), and take part in food, games, and activities. More information can be found on the Relay For Life website at:  http://www.relayforlife.org/noblecountyin

My final news release before the 2012 Noble County Relay for Life this weekend. The entire release, with a schedule of events, is on my website:

 

http://www.markrhunter.com/2012/05/15/cancer-survivors-to-speak-at-relay-for-life/

 

            Cancer survivor Jennifer Will is coming to the Noble County Relay for Life Saturday to tell her story of battling breast cancer. Will, the mother of two and wife of Noble County optometrist Dr. Matt Will, will help headline the Fight Back Ceremony, which starts at 9 p.m. at the West Noble football field and track, south of Ligonier along SR 5.

 

            Will joins another cancer survivor, Judy Middleton of Albion, and the two will share their stories of fighting back against the disease at the May 19-20 American Cancer Society event. Activities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with the National Anthem and presentation of colors, and go on until the closing ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

 

            “It’s our responsibility to fight back and reduce the number of our own family members and neighbors who face cancer,” says Chairperson Carla Fiandt. “We’re here so those who face cancer will be supported, those who lost their battle will not be forgotten and so, one day, cancer will be eliminated.”

            Nearly 12 million cancer survivors live in the United States today. That’s one reason why the theme for this year’s Noble County Relay for Life is “Birthdays”, and also why the organizers of this American Cancer Society event want to have as many survivors attend as possible.

 

Cancer survivor Judy Middleton of Albion will be guest speaker at the 2012 Relay. She’ll tell her story of fighting breast cancer at the May 19-20 event, which will be held at the West Noble High School track and football field, south of Ligonier along US 33, starting at 10 a.m.

           

            All cancer survivors are invited to the Relay to hear Judy speak and for the Survivor Walk and Dinner: The Walk begins at 5 p.m., with the dinner immediately following. A cancer survivor is anyone who identifies themself as a survivor, whether that’s one day after diagnosis or 25 years after treatment.  The American Cancer Society wants to celebrate all cancer survivors, at Relay For Life events in more than 5,100 communities and in 20 countries worldwide.

 

            If you’re a cancer survivor or caregiver, we invite you to be our special guest. Announcements, ideas, news, and registration information can all be found on the website at www.relayforlife.org/noblecountyin. For further information contact Luana Walker at (260) 636-7337, or by e-mail at  luanawalker@ymail.com.    You can also contact Noble County Chairperson Carla Fiandt at Community State Bank in Albion, by e-mail at carlaf@csbemail.com, or by phone at 260-636-3744.

 

 SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK

 

            In a world where it seems like everyone’s just going in circles, it’s nice to know some people are doing it for a reason.

 

            In 1985, one man decided he’d circle a track for 24 hours. I know, crazy – right? He must be a mental case, or the worst kind of out of touch person: a politician. But no, it turns out he did it in an attempt to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

 

            I probed further and discovered colorectal surgeon Dr. Gordy Klatt … okay, poor choice of words with the probe thing. I once asked my urologist what his favorite prostate inspection joke was, but he couldn’t put his finger on it.

 

 

In his business Klatt saw plenty of cancer, so he wanted to support his patients and help the local ACS office. Turns out Klatt was also a marathon runner, so in May, 1985, he ran for more than 83 miles over the course of a full day. Friends donated $25 each to go along with him for 30 minutes of his marathon. )

 

            The Noble County Relay For Life has set a goal to raise $49,000 this year toward the fight against cancer, and they want to organize 40 teams to do it with.

             So far 22 teams have registered for the American Cancer Society event, which begins at 10 a.m. May 19 at the West Noble High School, south of Ligonier. Anyone wishing to form or join a team, or help out in any other way, can register online at www.relayforlife.org/noblecountyin.

            The theme for this year’s Relay is “Birthdays”, and organizers are hoping teams will decorate their campsites accordingly. Team members can go “Over the hill”, “Sweet 16”, or anything else birthday related – except birthday suits!

             Teams are encouraged to search out a variety of fund raising activities: Everything from bake sales to dinners, lemonade or food stands, putting out coin cans that are available from the ACS, or selling luminary bags or Relay “feet”. Teams can secure sponsorships that count toward their fundraising efforts, do fund raisers on site during the Relay, or sell track signs that are available for a donation of $100 per sign. Corporate sponsors are always welcome.

             The 2012 Relay For Life will again feature Quarters For a Cure – an attempt to line the inside of the West Noble School track with quarters – so everyone should bring their quarters in. If the entire track is lined, the total would be estimated at around $4,000. The Relay will also feature a silent auction, in addition to numerous activities.

             A current fund raising challenge is for members to raise $250 through online donations by the end of March, and amount that will win them a prize.

             The next team meeting is April 19, 7 p.m., in the lower level of the Noble County Public Library main branch in Albion. New team registration forms need to be turned in by the last team captain meeting, on May 10.

Announcements, ideas, news, and registration information can all be found on the website at www.relayforlife.org/noblecountyin. For further information contact Noble County Chairperson Carla Fiandt at Community State Bank in Albion, by e-mail at carlaf@csbemail.com, or by phone at 260-636-3744, or e-mail Team Recruitment Chair Stacey Lang at esclang@hotmail.com.

While the May 19-20 Noble County Relay For Life can be a fun activity for participants, they never lose site of the real reason for this American Cancer Society event: fighting cancer.
 
That’s why the Relay’s March 14 Team Captain meeting came with a reminder that March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a time to remember that colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of the disease in males, and the fourth leading cause in females.
Although colorectal cancer can have no symptoms, the good news is that routine screenings can lead to early diagnosis and treatment. That’s why anyone over the age of 50 is encouraged to have regular screenings, such as a colonoscopy, blood test, or CT scan. About 150,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States every year.
 
Colonoscopies are especially useful because during the procedure doctors can remove polyps that could develop into cancer, in addition to finding the disease itself. For the patient, the procedure is simple – and they sleep through it. The procedure is recommended every 5-10 years for anyone over 50, or earlier if there’s a family history.
 
More information about colorectal cancer can be found here:

http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/ColonandRectumCancer/MoreInformation/ColonandRectumCancerEarlyDetection/colorectal-cancer-early-detection-what-is-crc
 
The web page for the Noble County Relay for Life contains information about forming teams, and assisting with the Relay:

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?sid=128433&type=fr_informational&pg=informational&fr_id=38499

For further information contact Noble County Chairperson Carla Fiandt at Community State Bank in Albion, by e-mail at carlaf@csbemail.com, or by phone at 260-636-3744; or e-mail Team Recruitment Chair Stacey Lang at esclang@hotmail.com.

My stepfather was recently diagnosed with bladder and prostate cancer (some of you might remember that the doctors have been keeping a close eye on me due to high Prostate Specific Antigen [PSA] levels), so this is a bit personal to me, this year.

 

The Noble County Relay For Life has its first sponsors for the 2012 season – but that’s just the beginning.

 This year’s annual American Cancer Society fundraiser will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at its regular site: The West Noble High School track and football field, south of Ligonier along US 33.

 But the 2012 Relay kickoff comes on Thursday, February 9thth, from 6:30-8 p.m. at The Noble County Public Library’s Cole Meeting room, in the lower level of the library. This year’s Relay theme is Happy Birthday; let’s fight back and celebrate many more Birthdays to come. We will be recognizing any cancer survivor that comes, and signing up teams for our event.

 

Cancer never sleeps, so Relays are overnight events, lasting up to 24 hours, in which teams raise funds to fight the disease and they take turns keeping on the track to celebrate those who’ve battled cancer, remember those lost, and fight back. Each year more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 US communities and 20 other countries take part in Relay events to raise funds for research, treatment, and other assistance. )

 

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( May. 15th, 2011 12:34 am)
I got soaked by rain at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life; the storms missed us, though, and it was worth it for a good cause. Also, I walked over three miles, bought a white rose bush as part of the fund raising, and won a Buffalo nickle in the silent auction -- I've always wanted one of those.  The hot dogs were pretty good, too.
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