Relay for Life gears up for '13

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By Cindy Simpson

Roane County’s Relay for Life exceeded its 2012 goal of $52,000, instead raising around $60,000.

With that in mind, and a goal of increasing the number of teams, coordinators for the American Cancer Society fundraiser have set an even higher goal next year of $75,000.

“The kind of overall theme of Relay is ‘dream big, hope big and Relay big,’ so in Roane County we’re planning big,” said chairwoman Fran Puckett.

Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in Rockwood First Presbyterian Church.

The tailgate celebration will allow people to roast their own hot dogs and make s’mores — or Relay staff will make them for them.

“That is where we invite all the teams to come just kind of socialize mostly. It is an opportunity to get signed up,” Puckett said.

She said they’ll also detail fundraising ideas they have for the year to make it easier for teams to raise money.

There were 24 teams in the 2012 Relay, and Puckett’s hoping to get 35 teams for 2013.

Puckett hopes this year they can not only get more teams but also more survivors.

A survivorship chairman is tasked with getting the word out to survivors to sign up on the county’s Relay for Life page. They also hope to do more activities for survivors.

Registration for Relay for Life can be found at www.relayforlife.org/roanetn.

While Relay for Life goes to support the American Cancer Society, it’s often hard for people to see how much that fundraising does to help the state and local level.

In Tennessee, $9.775 million in research grants were given to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt University, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, University of Tennessee Health  Science Center and University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Team meetings and committee meetings are to be at Roane State Community College in the O’Brien building.

Team meetings are the third Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m., while committee meetings are the second Monday at 5:30 p.m.