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Relay 2017 Raises $37,550.78 So Far
Not Final Total, More Donations Usually Come Later
Photos and Story by Bob Walter

     May 5, 2017: Another Relay For Life kicked off Saturday at noon, the event beginning with cancer survivors taking the first lap around the B. W. Lyon Field track at the high school.  See more information www.relayforlife.org/eatonvillewa.

    Betty Zenker holds her certificate naming her the top individual fundraiser at $4,470. She is a member of Team Arrow, the Number One team raising $12,408 to help fight cancer. The other top fundraisers are Carole Dean - $3,826 and Christine Blackett - $3,619. There were 27 teams in the Eatonville area raising funds for the American Cancer Society.

     Michael Albrecth, a young cancer survivor still dealing with the fight against a very rare version of the disease, spoke at the opening of Eatonville Relay For Life 2017 on Saturday, June 3, about his experiences over the last several years.
     Eatonville Schools Superintendent Krestin Bahr also spoke, about how the American Cancer Society's research efforts have provided hands-on learning opportunities and career inspiration for students.

     Pretty Jenny Lowe, eight-years-old, a Relay For Life participant with her family for the 24-hours of this event, proudly displays, on Sunday morning, the dress she wore as "flower girl" for the late-night ceremony marking the renewing of vows of Relay coordinator Christine Blackett and her husband of 38 years, Jim.

     The magic of Relay is felt at dusk on Saturday night, after the inspirational Luminaria messages have been tenderly placed around the track. Tomi Kaiser, known around town for belting out songs during karaoke at the Pour House, exercised her amazing voice singing a couple of stirring numbers for participants as night fell.

     Relay is a non-stop, 24-hour, noon-to-noon, walking relay around the track at B.W. Lyon Field. Symbolizing the 24/7 struggle against cancer, people walk throughout the night. Team Multicare Eatonville assembled a poignant slide program featuring cancer victims, patients, survivors and caretakers. Team South Pierce Fire kept things moving during the event with an assortment of games and fun competition for participants.

     This year's Relay For Life theme was the popular Legos building blocks. This team created a six-foot-tall, Legos-style, purple ribbon, symbol of the struggle of cancer victims and patients.

    You don't want to miss this evening of family fun and entertainment! Contact Jane Henderson at Eatonville Co-op or Christine Blackett for more information.


Eatonville Relay For Life 2017 Kickoff a Big Success...

        by Bob Walter
        January 31, 2017

     A big crowd attended Eatonville’s 2017 Relay For Life Kickoff Breakfast Saturday. Pancakes and link sausages were served (free or for a donation), by volunteers working in the Eatonville Lions Club kitchen. Chairperson Christine Blackett described the many ways people can get involved in Relay throughout the year, and leading up to the 24-hour, noon-to-noon event which this year is June 3 and 4.
    It is a relay, after all, so the walking is nonstop, all through the night, while fellow team members get some shut-eye in tents scattered behind colorful, fun and sometimes poignant, team booths with their own unique fundraising games and strategies.
    Spending time at the 24-hour Relay is always uplifting. The emotion threading through all the participants is a tremendous empathy in fighting cancer together, and remembering those who have fought the disease and are no longer with us - finding cures, offering hope, providing strength and support.
    It’s now the biggest, combined, annual event of the American Cancer Society (ACS). Relay (though not a relay to begin with) was founded in 1985 in Tacoma by one walker - Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon who walked    the track at the University of Puget Sound’s Baker Stadium to raise money for the ACS. Over 5,000 local events are held annually now in over twenty countries. It’s been estimated these combined events have raised nearly 5 billion dollars.
    The theme for Eatonville’s 2017 Relay is a play on the popular Lego toys: We are “Building a Cancer-Free Future One Block at a Time.” And Eatonville continues to set a higher bar for fundraising, aiming for $100,000 in 2017.
    For more information, you can go to www.relayforlife.org/eatonvillewa, or call the local ACS office in Tacoma at 253.272.5767, or reach Christine at 360.832.3201. Or stop by one of the monthly team meetings every 2nd Thursday at the Visitor Center on Mashell Avenue at 6 p.m.
    As Christine explained, teams or individual fundraisers can be as creative as they’d like, and the fundraising is on-going. Sponsorships, raffles, interactive art projects. There are all kinds of ideas in the manual provided to each team leader. I expect we’ll see some amazing Lego creations! So join or sponsor a team and get fundraising!

Kickoff Photos by Bob Walter...

     In her second stint as Relay For Life Chair Christine Blackett discusses ways volunteers can become involved in the fight against cancer and have fun helping battling this deadly disease.

Ernie Wolf is given tips about team fundraising from an accomplished young Relay volunteer!

     Working feverishly with Legos throughout the kickoff breakfast were these three young artist/engineers.

Relay For Life Kick-Off 2017

Press Release
from Christine Blackett
January 11, 2017

Please join us for the 2017 Relay for Life Kickoff! This year the event will be held at the Eatonville Lions Hall located at 123 Rainier Ave N, January 28 from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. and will again feature a pancake breakfast that everyone is invited to attend.

Stations that will be set up will include Registration, Survivorship, Luminaria, Fundraising, and Entertainment and we welcome everyone to bring their ideas for each of these. New and returning teams are encouraged to sign up and receive this years team packets.

We would also like to invite all of our sponsors, new and previous team members, past committee members, and anyone who is interested in learning what Relay For Life is all about in Eatonville. This is a perfect opportunity to get this years Relay season off to a great start!

Thanks for all of your Relay support!

Relay Flyer 2017

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