Archive for Thursday, April 28, 2005

It’s time for Relay for Life

April 28, 2005

There will be the usual events at Baldwin City's annual Relay for Life May 6. But, for co-chairman Vicky Mignot, there will be even more.

Mignot's mother, Cheryl Spurlock, died of breast cancer in August of 2002. That's why she became involved with the annual relay. But, this year's event falls on a special day -- what would have been her mother's birthday.

"It's going to be an extremely emotional time for me and my family," said Mignot. "As much as an emotional time as it will be for me and my family and all the tears that there will be, it will be comforting to be with people who have experienced the same thing.

"It's a very healing experience for those who have lost loved ones or friends to cancer," she said of the relay. "For me, it's very healing to do all the events, with the opening ceremony, the walking, the luminaries and everything else."

The evening kicks off when teams start to set up camp for the overnight stay at Baker University's Liston Stadium at 5 p.m. The opening ceremonies are set for 6:50 p.m.

Mignot's fellow co-chairman, Susan England, said interest has been high in this year's version and expectations are, too.

"Our goal this year is $29,000, which is up $3,000 from last year," said England. "We have, at last count, 21 teams. We've had some last-minute additions and we've still got people asking for packets.

"We're a little higher than in the past with the number of teams," she said.

Additional information on the relay will be in next week's Signal, including a complete schedule of events. For additional information, call Mignot at 594-3747 or England at 594-4896.

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