Cancer survivors gathered at Tom Byrne Park to accompany other Relay for Life volunteers in this year’s walk for a cure event.
Cancer survivors gathered at Tom Byrne Park to accompany other Relay for Life volunteers in this year’s walk for a cure event.

Survivors saving lives

Published 9:21pm Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Thanks to the efforts of Atmore Area residents the 2013 Relay for Life event, held Friday night and Saturday morning at Tom Byrne Park, will make a big difference in the lives of men and women fighting cancer.

According to Relay officials, the year’s event netted a total of $56,946. Relay Director Gayle Johnson said that money includes the $10,000 raised at this year’s Celebrity Waiter event, sponsored by First National Bank and Trust, as well as the $27,000 generated by Wind Creek’s Think Pink campaign. Johnson said the event was a huge success.

“We had a great night,” Johnson said. “We had seven tents and everyone had a good time. It was a very good event this year.”

The 11 teams making the laps at the park this year used everything from team songs to a Best Campsite event to keep up their spirits throughout the night.

Team and individual awards for this year include: Best Cancer Facts, Atmore Community Hospital; Best Team Song, Walgreen’s/VFW Post 7016 Ladies Auxiliary; Best Spirit Stick, Walgreen’s/VFW Post 7016 Ladies Auxiliary; Best Campsite, United Bank; Best On-line Fundraiser Team, Walgreen’s/VFW Post 7016 Ladies Auxiliary; Best On-line Fundraiser Individual, Pam Martin; Volunteer of the Year, Samantha Bennett; Cupcake Wars winner, Atmore Community Hospital; Spirit Award, Walgreen’s/VFW Post 7016 Ladies Auxiliary; Golden Pillowcase Award, Walgreen’s/VFW Post 7016 Ladies Auxiliary; Top Fundraising Teams (at event), United Bank, Atmore Community Hospital, Johnson Ford.

Prior to this year’s main event, Relay for Life held a special Survivors’ Reception at First United Methodist Church, where Johnson said 45 people attended to honor those who have beaten or are currently fighting cancer.

“We had a great turnout,” she said.

Johnson said Relay owes a special thanks to title sponsor, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians; new teams for this year’s event, Johnson Ford, Atmore Family Dentistry, The Meadows, Wrangler’s Steakhouse and VFW Post 7016 Ladies Auxiliary; returning teams, Atmore Community Hospital, Atmore News, First National Bank and Trust, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, United Bank and Walgreen’s; guest speakers, Atmore Mayor Jim Staff and Tribal Council Chairman Buford L. Rolin; Alan Harp; Amy Murph; Mallory Young; committee members Chris Brown, Kim Smith, Elaine Rodgers, Julie Ray, Sherry Digmon, Myrna Monroe, Cindy Lee.

Editor's Picks