Submitted by Brandi Price
Runners from near and far converged at the Stonebridge United Methodist Church earlier this month and braved the cold to run and raise money to fund cancer research for the American Cancer Society in the Relay For Life of McKinney Fight Back 5K.
At least 294 participants ran and walked along the residential area Jan. 5 near the church and earned medals, sampled healthy food from various vendors, and signed up to participate or form a team in the 13th annual ACS fund-raiser, the 2013 Relay For Life of McKinney. It will be held 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Fri., April 26 at the Ballfields at Craig Ranch, 6151 Alma Road, in McKinney.
The 2013 Relay For Life of McKinney is an overnight, family friendly fund-raising event where people walk throughout the night, play games, and participate in other activities to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The Relay For Life events are the society’s largest fund-raisers and they shine the light on cancer survivors and their care takers, and help educate the public on all types of cancers and cancer prevention. Each Relay event has a fund-raising goal, and the McKinney Relay fund-raising goal is $513,000 this year.
2013 Relay For Life of McKinney Co-Chair Sherry Jeffcoat said that the 5K was followed by the pre-Relay kick-off event and helped contribute to this year’s overall fund-raising goal.
“The Fight Back 5K is an event that helps bring the community together and allows us to share what Relay For Life of McKinney is. This 5K is different than other 5K runs. A large percentage of our participants support this 5K because it benefits the American Cancer Society and furthers its research in fighting the battle against cancer,” Jeffcoat said.
Jeffcoat’s family company, Precision Align and Auto Service in McKinney was one of the much appreciated sponsors of the Fight Back 5K. The following vendors also help sponsor the event: Starbucks, Market Street; Zeal For Life; Advocare; Beachbody Coach; Shakeology; Simply Fit Meals; and Camp Gladiator.
The 2012 Relay For Life of McKinney was the third highest grossing Relay event in the American Cancer Society’s High Plains Division, with the country of Guam placing first and the city of Baytown, near Houston, coming in second for the most amount of money received. Considering the great population difference between Guam and Baytown to McKinney’s approximately 135,000 population, this is a great feat for a Relay For Life event. Relay For Life of McKinney is a success due to the people who devote their time and energy raising money, signing up teams to participate and actually showing up to the event to walk to celebrate life, remember and honor loved ones who lost their battle with cancer, and to embrace the spirit of never giving up and walk throughout the night as cancer never sleeps.
2013 Relay For Life of McKinney Co-Chair Alesha Crowell hopes that more people learn about Relay For Life and register a team or as a participant to come together to help fight cancer.
“Our goal this year is to reach more of the community and make them aware of Relay For Life of McKinney. We run into people all the time that are not aware of what Relay For Life is and we are working really hard to create a larger awareness and participation for our 2013 Relay For Life of McKinney in April,” Crowell said.
The annual Relay For Life of McKinney event is put on by the ACS and a committee comprised of local volunteers and cancer survivors, and is helped paid for by the generous local business and individual sponsors. This year’s title sponsor is Darling Homes, Inc.
To form a team, help sponsor the event, volunteer, or to get involved, please visit www.RelayForLife.org/McKinneyTx or contact Jeffcoat at email@example.com or Crowell at firstname.lastname@example.org.