Relay efforts gearing up in the Black Belt

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 21, 2006

When Relay for Life is held in Marengo County this year, things will look vastly different from years past.

That’s because this year’s effort is headlined by Dr. Seuss themes. When each team sets up tents this year they will choose a specific book to base their decorations around.

American Cancer Society representative Alicia King said the idea to use Dr. Seuss came from the book “Oh the Places You’ll Go.”

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“That is our national theme for this year and we focused all of our Relay rallies for the fall around that theme,” King said. “It basically, talks about the four avenues of cancer, how far we have come and where we are going in the future as far as finding a cure for cancer and helping cancer patients find a better quality of life.”

Things are going well for the Marengo effort, but there is a need for more teams. The goal for teams this year is set at 30, but so far only 17 have signed up. Last year, 22 teams participated.

More teams are necessary if this year’s goal of $57,800 will be met. Last year, Relay raised $54,000 and they hope to shatter that goal this year.

Fundraising ideas are another need for this year’s Relay effort. Ideas from cheerleading competitions to skit nights were discussed, but participants are needed.

If businesses, churches, organizations or individuals would like to form a team, they may do so by calling Terry Reynolds at (334) 289-2106 06 logging on to

The next team captains meeting is set for March 20, at 6 p.m.

Sumter County captains will hold their next meeting Thursday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Student Union Building on the campus of the University of West Alabama.

King said the effort in Sumter County has been great. Now, she said, they want to get their online effort rolling.

“The Sumter County effort has been phenomenal,” King said. “We are starting online relay in Sumter as well and we will discuss that at our meeting Thursday night. We are getting it off the ground and hoping that will be a big success.”

The Relay for Life in Sumter County is set for Friday, April 21 at UWA’s intramural fields. For more information about forming a team or supporting Relay, please call event chair Laura Hester at (205) 652-9694.