Owasso/Collinsville Relay For Life kickoff set for Jan 14th
published on 01/11/2011
It was Holli Woodward's first time walking for American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. As she embarked on her 12 hour trek, she received a call that her mother-law had stage 4 cancer. "So this is real," Woodward said to her husband as she continued to walk. "This is why we are on this track."
Three years later, Woodward is now serving as this year's chairman for the Owasso/Collinsville Relay for Life, celebrating those in the community that are in the midst of their fight with cancer, and honoring those who have lost their lives in the fight, like her mother-in-law.
This Friday, Jan. 14, the Owasso/Collinsville Relay for Life committee and sponsors are inviting the community to join them in kicking off the biggest fundraising effort for cancer nationwide.
"More funds go to cancer research and legislation from Relay for Life than any other fundraiser," Woodward said.
The relay is scheduled for May 6 and 7, where teams will sign up to walk up to 12 hours in honor of those who are battling or have battled cancer.
"From 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., each team has a representative on the track, walking or running," Woodward said.
Last year, teams rallied together and raised more than $119,000 for ACS. This year, the bar has been raised, and Owasso/Collinsville Relay for Life hopes to bring in $130,000.
"We have a strong goal in mind," Woodward said. "We have a lofty goal, but we have a great community that supports this cause."
RCB Bank is one of several corporate sponsors that will not only contribute funds, but will also have teams putting in the time and energy to making this event be a success.
"We have a team every year, at least at the bronze level," Billy Fulbright, RCB Bank employee and accounting chair for the relay, said.
While each employee at the 86th Street location had been affected by cancer in one way or another at the last relay, this year they will all be walking for one person in particular.
"We have a lady here that has been diagnosed with cancer," Fulbright said. "She is our reason."
The kickoff event is Jan. 14 from 6-8 p.m. in the Owasso High School Commons area. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.
Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 9:00 am