Submitted by Brandi Price
McKinney and surrounding city residents helped fund research to end the disease on April 26 at the 12th annual Relay For Life of McKinney event, which netted more than $410,000 for the American Cancer Society.
People walked throughout the night at the Ballfields at Craig Ranch, and sold food and items to raise money for the ACS by participating in 105 teams. The event drew 233 cancer survivors, 218 caregivers of cancer patients, and had 1,349 participants registered.
As of May 12, Relay For Life of McKinney, presented by Darling Homes, had raised $410,000 for the ACS. The giving doesn’t stop there as people may continue to donate to the Relay For Life of McKinney from now through Aug. 31.
“Your contributions are encouraged and will greatly help the American Cancer Society. Each dollar you raise can make a difference in helping fund cancer research, prevention, education, and support services,” said Sherry Jeffcoat, one of the co-chairpersons of the 2013 Relay For Life of McKinney.
People may donate by visiting the Relay For Life of McKinney’s Website at www.RelayForLife.org/McKinneyTX, or by contacting Jeffcoat at firstname.lastname@example.org or Relay For Life of McKinney Co-Chairperson Alesha Crowell at email@example.com.
Jeffcoat added that she is thankful that so many cancer survivors, their caregivers, and members of the community came out to support the American Cancer Society.
“Relay For Life is not just about the fund-raising, or the entertainment, or even all
the teams gathering together,” Jeffcoat said. “For me it’s about the compassion and the emotions that are experienced as we love on our survivors and make them feel as special as they are, as we appreciate our caregivers and everything they give of themselves to walk through this battle with their loved ones, and as we remember our loved ones who have fought this disease during the lighting of our Luminaria that have been placed around the track.
“These are the things that will be remembered long after the Relay event is over. It’s about the giving of one’s self to help others who can’t fight this alone.”
The Relay For Life of McKinney Committee would also like to thank the many sponsors who helped make the 2013 Relay For Life of McKinney possible. They are title sponsor, Darling Homes; diamond level sponsors – The Ballfields at Craig Ranch; Independent Bank, Texas Oncology, Torchmark Corporation, and 97.5 KLAK; platinum sponsors, Medical Center of McKinney, and Baylor McKinney; gold sponsors – First United; silver sponsors – Electronic
Form Solutions, Tomes Auto Group, McKinney Community Development Corporation, Market Street, Guitar Sanctuary, Rena Tarbet Cancer Center, CamWest Traditions, Progressive Waste Solutions, Haynes Landscape and Maintenance, Inc., Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Ag-Power; bronze sponsors- Dave and Becky Neeley, Hand and Upper Extremity Center of Dallas, Loughmiller – Higgins, Attorneys At Law, All About Children Pediatrics, Dallas Cardiovascular
Specialists, Bill Joplin’s Compressor Services, Stonebridge United Methodist Church, Vista Rehab Partners, L.P., Dallas Brain, Spine & Skull Base Surgery, Eldorado Country Club, and the First Baptist Church of McKinney; and white sponsors- Healthsource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab; American National Bank of Texas, and McKinney Family Eyecare.
The committee would also like to thank the downtown merchants who purchased purple bows for the Paint The Town Purple Relay For Life awareness event held April 13 in downtown McKinney, and everyone who placed a purple ribbon in their front yards and on posts along Virginia and Louisiana streets. The following businesses won the following prizes for decorating their businesses purple to support Relay: 540 Mercantile won the Most Purple award; The Canine Cookie Company won the Most Creative award; Precision Align and Auto won the Most
Fight Back Spirit award; and Fair and Square Imports won the Best Use of Multimedia award.
Volunteers who gave their time, such as local Boy Scouts of America troops who helped carry people’s items to their campsites, and the McKinney Meals on Wheels volunteers who helped serve food at the Survivor Dinner and who volunteered at the event are also appreciated.
The committee would also like to thank all of the restaurants who allowed on-site fund-raisers, which also helped raise money for the ACS.