Shelbyville Daily Union

Relay for Life

August 9, 2011

Relay Raises Almost $53,000 in Cancer Fight

SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Friday night’s Relay For Life event saw cancer survivors, guest speakers, luminaria, entertaining campsites, basket auctions, Miss Relay contest, and lots of food.

By the end of the evening nearly $53,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society (ACS).

“We had $40,000 before Friday’s event started,” said Shelby County co-chair Jodi Boys. “This is a little short of our goal, but there will be more money coming in.”

This year’s goal was $57,500.  Over $68,000 was raised in 2009 and over $67,000 was raised in 2010.

Donations until August 31 will count toward this year’s goal.

Approximately 70 cancer survivors and caregivers were served in a special dinner prior to the opening ceremonies.

“The Fire Department and the Ladies Auxiliary helped out with the cooking the meal, serving and clean-up. They did a great job. I can’t thank them enough,” said survivor chairman Debbie Hammond.

Following the welcome by the county co-chairmen, Roberta Johnson sang the National Anthem.

Gruen VonBehrens of Stewardson was special survivor speaker during the opening ceremony. VonBehrens has undergone numerous surgeries to treat mouth and throat cancer as a result of chewing tobacco use as a youth. He has become a national spokesperson, telling his story to audiences of all ages.

The Survivor Lap led by the VFW Post 4829 Color Guard kicked off the start of team walking laps which continued throughout the night.

During the night a variety of music was provided by Kerry Campbell and All Kindz of Soundz DJ Service. Keyless Entry Barbershop Quartet and Mark Montgomery band also provided music to entertain the teams and attendees.

Other activities included Kid’s Corner, dance performances by Dance Inc., and an unveiling of a pink motorcycle donated by Fighting Chance Customs to benefit breast cancer patients in Shelby County.

ACS funded researcher Dr. Huigens was guest speaker for the Fight Back rally.

Nearly 250 luminaria lit the walk in remembrance of cancer victims and survivors. The names were read during the luminaria ceremony. Participating in the ceremony were Hannah Apple on trumpet, vocalist Tashina Clutter, readers Julie Elbert, Gwyn and Jesse Helton.

“We were down a bit in the number of luminaria, but it is still a good ceremony,” said Gayla Jones, luminaria chairman.

More photos from the Relay can be seen at

Text Only
Relay for Life
Featured Ads
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers

Do you think the United States should become more involved in the advancements of Russia into the Ukraine?

Yes, militarily
Yes, as peacemakers
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate