Annual event to raise money for cancer agency

Annual event to raise money for cancer agency

By: Donna Ryder Messenger Associate Editor

By DONNA RYDER Messenger Associate Editor There’s probably not one person in the county who isn’t affected by cancer. They either have it, have a family member with it or know someone who is suffering from the horrible disease. For the past eight years, residents and businesses in Obion County have been trying to make the journey for those diagnosed with the disease an easier one. Obion County Hometown Walk of Hope raises money to fund the Obion County Cancer Agency, which helps residents with expenses. Because of the walk, more people know about the agency and have requested help. This past year, an average of 45 families have received assistance each month by the local organization. Assistance comes in the form of insurance premiums; rent; utilities; expenses associated with out-of-town treatment such as gasoline, food and hotel costs; doctor co-pays and prescriptions. And the ever-increasing costs of daily goods hasn’t skipped this agency. The board members, too, have noticed increasing costs. That’s why they and all the members of the 30 teams who have been raising money for this worthwhile organization still need the help of area residents. Saturday, the hard work of the teams will culminate in the walk. The theme of this year’s event is “Watching a Community’s Commitment Grow,” with teams decorating their booths based on television shows. Teams include Baptist Memorial Hospital, Cancer Survivors, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Reelfoot Baptist Church, First State Bank, Team Cathy, Mount Ararat Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Ladies Choice of Calvary Baptist Church (two teams), Troy First Baptist Church, Team Alexander, First United Methodist Church (two teams), Wal-Mart, Union City Coca-Cola, Scarborough’s Towing, First Baptist Church, Union City J’Cettes, First Citizens National Bank, Reelfoot Bank (two teams), The Doctor’s Clinic, STAR Physical Therapy, Second Baptist Church, Lennox, Lake Road Baptist Church, Crosswind, Stepz Dance Studio, Long John Silvers and Republic Services. Co-organizers Lorraine Gossett and Brenda Perry will welcome everyone in attendance at 2 p.m. at Union City High School’s War Memorial Stadium with opening ceremonies. The National Anthem will be sung and a prayer will be offered. The teams will take to the track shortly thereafter to sport their banners and parade their teams around the facility. Then, at least one member of each team will be on the track with their “batons.” The batons will be unique and should relate to the teams’ television show. Baptist Memorial Hospital has planned to use a mixer with the words “Beat Cancer” on one side and “Whip Cancer” on the other. The Baptist team is using “Food Network” as its show. Residents are encouraged to come out and visit each booth. They’ll be serving such items as sno cones, ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers and barbecue. Fruit kabobs served in homemade lemonade are on the menu at the Baptist booth, while the Calvary booth will serve them drizzled with chocolate. The Baptist booth also plans on selling baked goods and plates with potatoes, grilled chicken or grilled hamburgers, homemade slaw and homemade honey butter rolls. And keeping with their “Food Network” theme, they’ll offer cookbooks and measuring spoons for sale. For the children, they also plan to sell day and night toys which light up. Also offered for the children will be Magical Minks games and inflatables and Calvary’s team, which is using “Gilligan’s Island as its theme, plans to have a dunking booth. Team members will get into the fun of the event between 3 and 6 p.m. with games led by Rusty and Tracey Gibson. Everyone will be able to participate in the cake walk, which starts at 4. Cancer survivors will be special guests at a survivors reception in the Purple and Gold Room between 4:30 and 6 p.m. and will be asked to walk in a special survivors lap at 6. Sponsors, including Baptist Memorial Hospital; Bill and Carol Latimer; Day After Day Services; University of Tennessee at Martin 2008 All-Sing; Jiffy Steamer; Republic Services; Team Taylor; Wa-Mart; Cathy Simmons Memorial; KYTN/The Cool Duck; Paul Counsell Memorial;, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church; The Doctor’s Clinic; Union City Insurance; Commercial Bank; Dr. Margaret Gore; Golden Living Center; Kizer Pharmacy; Reelfoot Bank; Tyson Foods; Amber Buchanan Pierce Memorial; CBK/Decor Direct; Coca-Cola Bottling Co.; Collision Specialty; Conley Campbell Moss & Smith; Dr. Kofi Nuako; Farm Bureau Insurance; First Citizens National Bank; First State Bank; G&H Tool and Die; Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.; Jernigan Surgery Clinic; Lennox Heart Products; NCB Realtors; Pro Pak; Snappy Tomato Pizza; Sullivan Dentistry; Union City Urgent Care; Troy Church of Christ; Union City J’Cettes; Ladies Choice of Calvary Baptist Church; Scott, Gena and Cruz Kepner; The Woman’s Clinic employees; United Steel Workers Local 878L; Crop Production Services; and STAR Physical Therapy, will be recognized at 5 p.m. Teams who wish to participate in the barbecue contest will have their entries judged beginning at 5 p.m. Teams will compete for the top prizes in the Hometown Idol contest at 7, the lip sync contest at 8 and the womanless beauty review at 10. Lights of Hope, luminaries purchased in honor of and in memory of those with cancer, will be lighted at 9. Luminaries are still available from team members or may be purchased during the event for $5 each. Ms. Gossett said a limited number of T-shirts are still for sale for $10 each. A drawing will be held at 11:30 p.m. for team members and closing ceremonies will wrap up this year’s festivities at midnight. As of Tuesday, $127,234 had been raised. Published in The Messenger 6.5.08

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