Elisa Hayes expected a good turnout for the Craig Relay for Life, but she didn't expect one this big.
Thirty-one teams have signed up since the event kick-off Feb. 22, about double of what she expected.
"It's amazing," event chairperson Hayes said of the community's response. "Absolutely amazing."
Hayes credited community involvement as the cornerstone to the fundraiser's success. She said people hear about their friends and family signing up and don't want to miss out.
Despite the high turnout, the Craig Relay for Life is lacking cancer survivors who are interested in participating.
"The whole purpose of this fundraising event is to recognize the survivors who have fought the fight and recognize their efforts," Hayes said. "There are people out there who might not know that this is for them."
As survivors register to attend the relay, the information is entered into an American Cancer Society database.
Hayes said this information is then used to judge which areas are interested or need resources the ACS offers.
Some major resources ACS offers are:
- Road to Recovery, an outpatient transport service.
- Look Good, Feel Better, an instructional cosmetic side-effects class.
- Man to Man, a support group for males with prostate cancer.
- Reach to Recovery, a breast cancer support group in which cancer survivors mentor cancer patients.
- Cancer Survivors' Network, an online community to
Some events geared specially toward survivors during the relay include a survivor reception, a sit-down dinner solely for survivors and the survivor walk, in which survivors traditionally make the first lap around the relay course.
Also, the Craig Relay for Life will have a booth during the KRAI Spring Expo on March 30 and 31 at the Centennial Mall.
During the expo, Relay for Life organizers will be selling Livestrong wristbands, luminarias and distributing information.
Hayes is still looking for volunteers interested in working the relay.
"Little by little it's coming together," Hayes said, "and it's going to be huge."
To form a team or register as a cancer survivor, contact event chair Elisa Hayes at KRAI 93.7 FM and 55 Country, 824-6574.
John Henry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or firstname.lastname@example.org.