Relay Co-chair Dannye Wagner said that Trigg County’s Relay earned special attention from the national office of the American Cancer Society. “We were asked to submit stories about a cancer survivor and a caregiver with 4,500 other Relays. Two winners will be chosen to have their Relays videotaped. We’re in the finals and the winner will be announced on March 25.”
Wagner said that the Trigg Relay selected Keisha Graves as the featured survivor. Wagner said that Graves twice received a Relay scholarship. For the caregiver, the Relay selected Patty Purkes, wife of Mike Curling.
“I have a good feeling about this,” said Wagner. “Our community has been number one for seven years. This would be a unique and wonderful opportunity to showcase our community. People all over have heard about our efforts in Western Kentucky. I hope people show their support by filling the stands. We can show the nation what this community is all about, and that’s giving.”
Wagner said that planning for this year’s Relay continues with a few new features. “We’ve had 20 teams sign up. That’s down just a little and we want more. It’s harder each year to sustain teams. We appreciate the support the community gives in fundraisers.”
The Trigg County Relay plans an all-team yard sale on April 12 at Cadiz Baptist Church. Wagner said that each team will be on hand from 8 a.m. through 1 p.m. selling items, food and baked goods.
“All teams this year are selling relay ornaments. The teams will use proceeds for their total team money. See a team captain or team member for details,” she said. Ornaments may be pre-ordered and sell for $10 each.
The Relay plans to conduct a campaign called “Paint the Town Purple.” Wagner said that starting on April 1, all teams will sell a purple bow for $10. All team members and captains will sell the decorations.
Returning from last year will be the Relay’s live auction. Wagner said that that the auction begins at 9 a.m. on Relay Saturday. “This year, our theme is ‘Roundin’ up a Cure. We’re going country and to the wild wild west, west Kentucky that is.”
Follow the Relay For Life's activities and get a calendar of Relay events in The Cadiz Record.