Thursday, May 6, 2010

LETTER: Relay For Life A Success

The 2010 Relay For Life was held on Friday, April 30th, and Saturday, May 1st. Three hundred and sixty six participants braved the difficult weather of New Mexico spring this year to enjoy themselves for sixteen hours at Clarke Field in Socorro. More than forty cancer survivors, many of whom were not on the nineteen teams, were honored, both with applause and with a free meal Friday evening. Caregivers, who many times are forgotten, were also honored.
The Organizing Committee of Clara Apodaca, Marj Austin, April Barber, Carol Dotson, Nancy Dotson, Candy Lindquist, Raquel Mull, Bill Stone, and Trish Woods, and their subcommittee members, many of whom had been planning the event since last August, directed a fun-filled time in spite of the wind and cold weather.
Teams came from many businesses, schools, churches, and New Mexico Tech and raised funds to support the research, education, advocacy and service efforts of the American Cancer Society. Sponsors, whose names you will see on the 2010 Relay T-shirts, and donors contributed nearly another $6,000. As of May 1st, they all raised $31,697 this year to add to the approximately $300,000 raised in the previous 13-year history of the Relay For Life in Socorro County.
We thank the community and all those who contributed to making this year’s Relay a success and hope that we all can look forward to the day when having cancer is no worse than having a bad cold. That day will come, with your help.

George S. Austin
2010 Event Chair Relay For Life of Socorro County

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