Relay asking for public’s help to reach 2013 goal

Relay for Life of Acadia Parish isn’t settling for “almost” meeting its fundraising goal and is looking to the public to help the American Cancer Society finish the fight against cancer.

“Relay for Life of Acadia Parish 2013 set a goal of $46,000 and, as of today, we are short on meeting that goal,” said Darlene Thibodeaux, registration and accounting and online chair for the Relay for Life of Acadia Parish 2013 Committee. “We are asking the community to help us out in our final push to reach goal.

“The fight against cancer is only as strong as each of the individuals in that community. We have an obligation to make our community event as successful as it can be.

“If everyone makes the same commitment, we will end cancer even sooner. We as a community are determined that those fighting cancer will be supported, those that have lost their battle will not be forgotten and that together, we will continue to fight back so that one day, no one in Acadia Parish will hear those dreadful words, ‘you have cancer.’”

After meeting its $30,000 goal in 2012, the Relay for Life of Acadia Parish 2013 Committee set an ambitious goal of $46,000. Now it sits $500 short of that goal and before the new year begins, the committee wants to make sure it reaches its goal once again.

Despite coming up short, Relay for Life of Acadia Parish had a banner year with teams working hard to keep the American Cancer Society’s mission at the forefront of minds and help fund its many projects.

As plans for 2014 are already being formulated, the group is looking to complete its 2013 goal, a mission already greatly aided by active and energetic teams.

“Our Relay teams have done a wonderful job raising a total of $45,542.88 which is just $500 short of goal,” said Thibodeaux. “Our teams this year included MHS Alumni, Deb’s Dashing Dudes & Diva’s, Team W, Patticakes, Fighting Saints, All Nighters for the Fighters, Richard Elementary, Fitness Stars, Cancer Heroes, and Shamsie Dairy Group.

“We really appreciate all the hard work and dedication that our teams have done. If you know anyone on these teams, please tell them thank you for a job well done.

“It was these teams that led the charge, holding fundraisers and participating in events throughout the year.”

With all the work, time and effort, however, Acadia Parish still finds itself $500 under its goal amount and is hoping the parish will once again answer the call to help.

“This is our fight, help us to make goal and help bring us that much closer to finding a cure and helping everyone celebrate more birthdays,” said Thibodeaux.

Those wishing to donate to Relay for Life of Acadia Parish can do so by contacting Thibodeaux at 337-458-1959 or at villejoind@bellsouth.net, or Camille Breaux, American Cancer Society community representative, at 337-237-3797, extension 5.

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