The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

May 13, 2014

One super night to honor heroes

Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — Don’t be surprised if you see Batman and Superman walking around in Greenville Friday night and Saturday morning.

In addition to fighting the never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way, Superman, along with other superheroes will be walking during the 2014 Hunt County Relay for Life.

This year’s “Super Heroes!” themed event will take place at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium beginning on Friday at 7 p.m. and will continue through Saturday at 7 a.m.

So far, more than $34,000 has been raised in Hunt County for cancer research.

Jennifer Taylor, who is an outpatient radiologist at Hunt Regional Medical Center, is spearheading this year’s event.

Taylor said the night will be spent honoring survivors and caregivers across the county.

“The night of relay will be so focused on the survivors and caregivers within our community,” she said. “We want to show each and every one of them how much we love, honor and cherish them for what they have been through and what they deal with on a daily basis.”

To that end, the night will begin with a “survivors lap,” where survivors of cancer walk the first lap while being applauded by the crowd on hand.

The team has raised funds through raffling off baskets, selling T-shirts, and hosting a survivor dinner to recognize survivors and caregivers.

Taylor said this night will be a night of firsts for the relay.

“There are so many new things happening at this year’s relay. We would like to welcome everyone in the community to come out and see what relaying is all about,” she said. “There will be an information tent that anyone and everyone can get more information about what, why and who relays. They will be able to learn what and how the monies raised are used by the American Cancer Society. This year there will be a concession stand featuring yummy sporting event style foods. They will also be having breakfast burritos in the morning.”

Taylor added each tent and camp site will also have their own fund raiser going on throughout the night, including face painting and temporary tattoos, and food such as pickle pops and trail mix to keep the energy up.

To add a little competition to the night, each campsite along the track will be judged by their super hero theme.

Taylor said the night’s main focus will be letting the caregivers and survivors know they are not alone in their fight against cancer.

“We will give them more information if they are in need of assistance for treatments, love, a shoulder, warm arms for a hug,” she said. “We want to give them an evening of others showing how much they are supported.”