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Weakley West Relay fights for a cure

Weakley West Relay fights for a cure

By MARY JEAN HALL
Special to The Press
MARTIN — Despite a lower turnout than previous years, the Weakley West Relay for Life, which was held on the UT Martin campus, raised $56,306.88 for cancer research Friday night.
Cancer survivors and relayers were coming up with all kinds of unique “superhero” ways to raise money for the cause, including Amy Cox of Dresden.
Cox, a cancer survivor, raised $201 by asking for donations to cut her hair, and she drew the name raffle-style for the “barber.”
Her husband, Brent, was holding her hand on stage the entire time.
Cox was originally diagnosed with Endometrial Stromal Sarcomal when she was 20-years old, so she had a hysterectomy. It returned again in 2007, but this time in her bladder and colon so she had to have radiation treatments. She decided earlier this year to cut her hair at Relay for Life, despite having her own hair salon, Colors, Cuts and Styles in Dresden, that would have been more convenient.
“I did this to honor God and to let people know it’s just hair and it will grow back,” Amy Cox said.
She has been involved with Relay since she was 20-years old.
“I never thought I’d be a survivor,” Amy Cox said.
Her husband was thankful for the support they have received.
“It’s really hard to lean on God a lot,” Brent Cox said. “We’ve had lots of prayers and love from our family and friends. I’ll support her in whatever she does.”
While many teams have been relaying since the start of the Weakley West Relay for Life, there was a new team in town.
Breast Friends Forever, or BFF, began relaying for the first time as a group this year. Many of the individuals have participated in Relay for Life before, including Katrina Cobb.
“We’ve all had best friends and family who have passed away from cancer,” Cobb said.
Team member Rebecca Turner dressed up as Wonder Woman since the group started off as just being women. Cobb and her daughter are two that helped bring the team together since they were survivors.
“Even when she was sick she let nothing stop her,” Patty Nutting said regarding Cobb. “She was our Wonder Woman.”
Throughout the night the relayers had lots of local entertainment, including Broadway Avenue, which consisted of lead singer Cameron Cassell, lead guitarist and singer Wilberth Flores, lead guitarist Bryce Martin, drummer Brant Mason and bassist David Sherrill.
Renee Harris and Ruthanna Hollis also provided the crowd with some country and gospel throughout the night.
For more information about Relay for Life, visit the website at www.relayforlife.org or find the Weakley West Relay for Life on Facebook.

Published in The WCP 6.18.13

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