Guest blog: Mike Gabbard, Co-Chair of 2008 Relay for Life
About the event:
This year, lifelong Norwood resident Mary Deaton and I are the Co-Chairs of the American Cancer Society’s 2008 Relay for Life event at Shea Stadium on June 20th and 21st. It will start with an opening ceremony at 6:00 p.m., followed by all the cancer survivors walking the first lap. Afterwards, they will go to a special area for a special survivor dinner just for each of them and a guest. We’ll have gifts for them along with a nice dinner.
We are looking for ANY survivors of cancer to come be a part of this so we can honor you. It doesn’t matter if you have just been diagnosed and are currently going through treatments or if you’re a 20-year survivor. We just want to give you special honor opening night because the first lap and the dinner are a very special part of this event. If you’re not a cancer survivor but know people who are, please have them contact me so we get them registered - they get a t-shirt. They can come that night, too, and still be a part of the event, but we’d like to get as many survivors as possible registered.
At 9:00 p.m., we will turn off the lights and have a luminary ceremony. This, too, is VERY special part of this event. It’s at this time we honor those that are fighting and fought and won the battle against cancer. We also remember those who lost their battles. The track will be encircled with luminary bags, and each will be read aloud. It’s a very emotional time.
This year’s goals:
Last year, Relay for Life raised $80,000, and our goal this year is $85,000. As the Co-Chair, I am pushing to get more teams formed. Walgreen’s is one of our major sponsors, and since their regional headquarters is here in Norwood, they require all the Cincinnati/Hamilton stores to have teams in the Norwood event.
SO, we will have about 50 teams from Walgreen’s and about 25 community teams. I am hoping to get more teams from the community, i.e. businesses, churches, clubs, family teams. If you know of anyone that you think might be interested, let me know and I'll personally go talk with them. I'll keep you informed with updates on how we're progressing. In the meantime, please call me if you’ve read anything here you think you could help with. I hope to see you at our kick off meeting next Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. (we'll have some things going on at 6:00 p.m., too, if you'd like to come earlier) at the Norwood Presbyterian Church.
Mike (Gabby) Gabbard
Phone #: 200-6846