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Relay for Life luncheon held at Roane State

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By Charlotte Underwood

This year’s Relay for Life was a huge success, with teams meeting the American Cancer Association’s fundraising goal.

The 28 teams, which participated in Campbell County, actually exceeded that goal by $13, raising a total of $63,013, according to co-chair Tracy Powers.

“We were real pleased with the overall event; we had a great turnout and the weather wasn’t too bad either,” Powers said.

Members from the various teams met at Roane State Community College on Friday to receive recognition for the hard work that was put into this year’s event.

The best t-shirt award was given to Terry’s Pharmacy, the best campsite award was given to Woodlake Baptist Church and the most team spirit was given to First National Bank.  Jacksboro Middle School won best banner.

Certificates were provided for teams that raised under $1,000 and plaques were given to teams who raised over $1,000.  

This year’s top church was Coolidge First Baptist; the top business was National Coal Corporation. It was a close race for top school and top overall, with Jacksboro Middle School raising $6,923 and LaFollette Middle coming in close behind with $6,265.

Vickie Heatherly was recognized during the luncheon and awarded with the caregiver of the year honor.  Heatherly has been involved with Relay since it’s inception in Campbell County, nearly eight years ago.

“We’re just thrilled with the participation we had this year,” Powers said of the 12 new teams, which participated in this year’s event.

Co-chair Ali Dower has also been involved in the event for eight years, though this is her first year as chair.  It is an event that is very close to Dower’s heart as she is a Cancer survivor like many of those who are involved.

“I’m just trying to give something back,” Dower said.

 “It’s a great community event; a time when they can all get together and support a great cause,” said Powers, who is a Cancer survivor as well. “I understand that someone did this for me and I’m just glad I can turn it around.”

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