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May 7, 2014

Relay for Life continues to raise hope, funds

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Baldwin County community came together last month at Baldwin Braves Stadium for 2014 Relay for Life, celebrating the lives of individuals battling different forms of cancer while honoring those who lost the battle.   

The 44 teams and 539 participants involved in this year's event raised $93,077.38, but the process of raising hopes and funds is far from over. This year’s  Relay for Life campaign runs until August, giving Relay Teams more time during the summer to continue raising funds.

Top participants were Eva Rowe raising $3,033, Tammy Lee bringing in $2,961 and Jane Barnard providing $2,359 for the fundraiser.

For Barnard, who is chair of the Survivor Committee, Relay for Life is more than a fundraiser. Barnard has been a cancer survivor for seven years.  

"I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer and took a year's sick leave from my position as a mathematics professor at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah."

After months of chemo and radiation, along with a heart episode,  Barnard took an early retirement to focus on her health.

"My husband and I moved to Milledgeville because of my family's connections to Lake Sinclair. I have been in Cardiac Rehab at Oconee Regional Medical Center and credit them with saving my life," said Barnard.

She has been actively involved in Relay for Life ever since.

Creekside Elementary School ranked number one as the top team raising $9,062.83. Following Creekside's lead was Century Bank & Trust raising $7,834.03 and Milledgeville First United Methodist Church with $6,258.15.

The top company was State Farm Insurance bringing $636.50 to Relay for Life.

The Night of Relay brought in $16,666.50 in funds.  One event during the night's festivities that brings in money and laughter is Misster Relay and Baby Relay. In Misster Relay, men dress up as women and are given one hour to collect money in their purse. Baby Relay requires teams to dress up as babies in an infant  or toddler-themed outfit. They are given an hour and a half to walk around and collect money. The baby and gentleman that collect the most money are the winners.

Dynamite Deena from Oak Hill Middle School was dubbed Misster Relay. Runners up were Nelli Nelson from the Georgia College Chemistry Club, Denise Pickle from Triumph Aerostructures and Carson Lillard from John Milledge Academy. Maggie Jenkins from Oak Hill Middle School received the title of Baby Relay. Runner up was J.D. Lissee from the GC Chemistry Club.

To donate to Relay for Life visit www.relayforlife.org and chose to contribute to local participants or teams involved in the fundraiser.

 

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