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Relay provides another boost for cancer research

Posted: Friday, Jul 19th, 2013

The first lap at the Relay event was made by the survivors of Cancer last Saturday at the Mountain View Town Park. PIONEER PHOTO/Virginia Giorgis


Pioneer Editor

MOUNTAIN VIEW – The Valley came together last weekend to celebrate Relay for Life and remember past and present cancer victims.

The event focused on hope and a common goal, the fight to beat cancer and to remember those who are victims. This year Bridger Valley Relay for Life raised $29,754, according to event chair Jessica Parkyn last Saturday during the closing ceremony at the Mountain View Town Park. Funds by individual teams ranged from moderate amounts, $404, to not so moderate. Union Telephone reigned as the Platinum team with a total of $8,626. The Union Telephone team had a shake, shake, shake, “make your own ice cream” Friday night when the temperatures were hot. One of the team members said it worked really well. Ingredients were placed in a plastic bag and then in another plastic bag with salt. Seven or eight minutes of constant shaking turned the ingredients into ice cream.

Three teams turned in over $1,000 to be named “Rising Stars.” The JoAnn Barclay Memorial team raised $5,536, which earned them a trophy.

Accolades were passed out to some of the ones who performed above the call of duty. One was committee member and cancer survivor Judy Lewis of Fort Bridger. According to Parkyn, Lewis “took out of her own pocket, and donated way more than could ever be expected.”

The crowd, much smaller Saturday than Friday seemed rather subdued. The Relay groups had worked hard this year, numbers had been down and the amount raised was down. There were 14 teams that fielded the drive. Only 10 camped overnight Friday. The drive and the intent is still there. The need is still there, but they said they need help.

Parkyn thanked those at the ceremony for “sticking with us through the end.” She made another appeal for committee members and teams if Relay was going to continue in the Valley.

For the complete article see the 07-19-2013 issue.

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