May 26 • 12:21 PM

Expectations exceeded in Capac's first Relay for Life

Teams raise $48,950 for American Cancer Society

Cancer survivors take to the track Saturday for their celebratory lap during the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Capac. photo by Maria Brown.

July 02, 2008
CAPAC — It was under a steady drizzle that walkers in the first annual Relay for Life finished their final laps Sunday morning, but despite the weather and exhaustion, everyone was cheered by the results.

Participants collected $48,950 in donations to benefit the American Cancer Society.

"Awesome, awesome, awesome," is how Marci Orrell of Memphis's St. Andrew team described the 24 hour event at the Capac High School stadium.

Marci and fellow teammates Jennifer Stier and Tracy Wernet were still feeling good as they circled the track under umbrellas just before the Relay's closing ceremonies, buoyed that they'd surpassed their fundraising goal and had a good time doing it together.

"It's a great feeling that we did something to defeat such an awful disease," Jennifer said.

Their team of 12 managed to collect more than $3,000, above and beyond their goal of $2,500.

"We'll definitely be back next year," they said in unison.

Capac resident Jennifer Felker wore several hats during the Relay, including team captain for the Capac Warriors, committee member, survivorship chairperson and most notably, a Hodgkins lymphoma survivor. As usual, she said, the event was emotional and inspirational.

"It's just amazing knowing that there's people out there willing to help no matter what the economy is and that survivors are there for each other and support," she said.

Felker coordinated the survivor ceremonies which included a luncheon and celebratory lap around the track. Each shared their stories. Some were entering their second or third bout with cancer.

"They all came together and talked about how their caretakers keep their spirits up," Felker said.

Also poignant was the luminaria ceremony, when candles and torches were lit in honor and memory of loved ones who battled cancer and walkers rounded the track in silence.

During the late evening hours, DJ Scott Glombowski and the band, ASOD, helped keep walkers awake with lively music.

Ready, Set Cure! was the top fundraiser team, collecting more than $7,385.

"When you tell your children and grandchildren what cancer was, you can say you were part of its demise," Chairperson Leslie Goodreau said at the closing ceremonies.

A team captain's wrap up meeting will be held July 14 at the Capac Historical Society.

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