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Relay For Life chairman speaks

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Carrol Evans, chairman of Clay County Relay for Life, spoke at Wednesday's Rotary Club Meeting and told those in attendance about the mission of the American Cancer Society, as well as the upcoming Clay County Relay for Life event. [Order this photo]
Carrol Evans, chairman of Clay County Relay for Life, spoke at Wednesday's Rotary Club meeting and accepted a $250 donation from the club.

Evans first spoke about where she was from and how she came to live in the Brazil area.

"I was born in Terre Haute, at Union Hospital, but my parents moved over here when I was 7," Evans said. "I consider myself a Clay County-ian first, and this is my home."

Evans then explained what Clay County Relay for Life is.

"Relay for Life is a branch of the American Cancer Society, so if you think of the American Cancer Society as an umbrella, (Relay for Life) is one of the spokes under the American Cancer Society."

Next, she highlighted who the American Cancer Society aims to help and how cancer has affected her life.

"We are all about helping people who have cancer, who've heard the word cancer, whose family have had cancer and who just doesn't know (about cancer)," Evans said. "I myself am what you call a caregiver. I have never had cancer, and I'm thankful I haven't.

"I'm the daughter of two cancer survivors. My father had skin cancer and my mother is a ten-year survivor of breast cancer."

Evans said the American Cancer Society helps people that have been affected by cancer in many different ways.

"What we're here to do, as the American Cancer Society, is to help those who are left behind (by a loved one with cancer), to help those who are still battling through (cancer) and to help those who are afraid they may have (cancer) because of a family disposition toward it," Evans said.

She added a few specific ways the American Cancer Society can help those with cancer.

"If you are unable to get to a doctor's appointment because you need to get your chemotherapy, we have drivers that can (get you there)," Evans said. "If you're not able to get your annual exam because of financial difficulties, we can help you with that.

"We can support you emotionally, we can be there to hold your hand, we can walk through the whole process with you. We will educate you, and we will help you in any way that we can to make this horrible disease a little bit less horrible."

Evans noted the only people the American Cancer Society can't help, is those they don't know about, meaning people who don't contact the American Cancer Society.

She said anyone who wants to contact the American Cancer Society should call 1-800-227-2345.

Evans then went into a little more detail about the annual Relay for Life Event.

"Relay for Life is our annual event. We fund raise through the whole year but our annual event is (when we) come together and celebrate. We have traditionally had it at the YMCA of Clay County, and it's a wonderful place. But this year, since it's our 16th year, we are having a "sweet 16" party at (Forest Park), at the walking track, and the wonderful thing about that is we can have more people."

She said in years past, because of the space constraint at the YMCA it was sometimes hard to accommodate everyone who wanted to participate, but this year that won't be a problem.

Evans said the event will start at noon, Saturday, May 12, and then end at 6 a.m., Sunday May 13.

"What we do at these celebrations is we get together and we celebrate how much money we've raised for Clay County and for Relay for Life," Evans said. "We also get together and we celebrate our cancer survivors, we remember those who have gone on ... and we fight back against cancer in all its forms."

Evans said those interested in joining an existing team or starting their own can visit www.relayforlife.org/claycountyin, and the cost is $10 per person.

She added there will also be games, live music, a silent auction, a Country Rhodes fish fry and much more taking place during the celebration.

Evans said the fish fry will take place at the Brazil Armory from 3-6 p.m., on May 12, and will cost $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for children.

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