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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Around Town: Relay for Life 2019

By Sami Weis

Wyoming’s Relay for Life 2019 was one for the books. It was my final year participating on the committee at Wyoming and my first year as chair of the event. With a night full of amazing speeches, beautiful luminaria, bounce-houses, and carnival fun for the whole family, we walked away with an event total of about $58,000. We have to give a special thank you to our sponsors: The Cincinnati Consulting Consortium, The Wyoming XC Team, Ted Marty and Associates, and The Wyoming Pastry Shop! Without them, all of this would not have been possible. I’d also like to thank Audrey Doak for volunteering to come and cut hair for Locks of Love donations and the entire Relay for Life committee. Their volunteering allowed us to put on the event that we did and I am very grateful for that. A special thanks to Drew Vollette for handling basically everything tech related, the junior co-chairs Stella Brocker and Caroline Zackerman, the sophomore co-chair Chloe Rajbhandari, and all of the subcommittee chairs for all of their help. I know I am leaving Relay for Life in good hands, and I can’t wait to see what you all accomplish and the difference you make. Thank you to the Wyoming community for your endless support and a special thanks to those who went out of their way to assist with the event this year. You know who you are. Thanks to you all, we raised about $58,000 for the American Cancer Society! Here’s to Relay for Life 2019!

The first lap at Relay for Life was walked by Wyoming’s strong, proud cancer survivors.

The second lap of the event, the caretakers of the survivors were invited to join their family members. Here survivor Valerie Barrett was joined by her husband Bob. 

The Morehous family proudly walked together in support of mother Becca who beat cancer a year ago.

Wyoming High School students form teams for the Relay and each team created a carnival theme booth for the evening.

Community members were able to purchase luminaries for the special Luminaria Ceremony that occurred later in the evening.

This team was ready to raise money with their duck pond game.

The teams set up food booths to feed the hungry crowds through the 12-hour event. 

Students were all smiles early in the evening knowing they were raising money to fight cancer. 

During the Luminaria Ceremony, luminaries in the bleachers spelled out the word “CURE” as the students were raising money to find a cure for cancer.  

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