Relay for Life of Acadia 2013 set

CROWLEY – After the success of 2012’s Relay for Life of Acadia, the committee for the 2013 event looks to not only duplicate its success, but make it even better.

That all got started Monday night with a fantastic Relay for Life of Acadia KICK OFF, held at the LSU AgCenter in Crowley.

The basics were covered as well as an explanation as to why people “Relay” and how the 2012 event did. The goals for the 2013 event were also announced.

For starters, Relay for Life is the largest special event in the entire country, held in over 5,000 communities across the nation and in 20 countries around the world with more than three million participants.

“Our 2013 Relay is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Crowley High School,” said Simone Thibodeaux, event co-chair.

And this year will be a different look to Relay as it has a carnival theme with the title “Relay: Carnival for a Cure” and team captains and committee members were already discussing Monday how interesting, colorful and exciting the theme will be.

The committee hopes the carnival theme will not only interest those already involved, but those debating whether or not to get involved.

Right now, through Oct. 31, “Early Bird Registration” is going for individuals and teams. Individuals can register for $5 each instead of the standard $10 each and team captains are urged to take advantage of this deal. You can register online (you or your team) at www.relayforlife.org/acadiaLA.

Team captains in attendance were also reminded that the Relay for Life’s Team Captain University will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Regional Lafayette Library, located at 6101 Johnson St. in Lafayette. Also, the committee wants to make sure team captains are fully informed heading into Relay and there will be team captain meetings each month, beginning Monday, Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m., location to be determined.

Relay for Life of Acadia has set some ambitious goals, hoping to raise $46,000 this year ($7,000 in sponsorship money); and they want to honor 60 cancer survivors. They also hope to acquire 20 committee members and 18 teams for the 2013 event.

But all of those goals are only reachable through community support as a video aired during the Relay expressed. It is both a moving fundraiser and a fun event.

“It’s important to remember that Relay for Life is more than just a fun event,” said Darlene Thibodeaux, registration, accounting and online chairman for Relay. “It raises funs to support the continuing efforts of the American Cancer Society and our mission to eliminate cancer.”

Last year, Relay for Life of Acadia raised $40,752, and in a letter, Camille Breaux, American Cancer Society community representative, explained where that money raised.

“I find it very important to share with you the successes that we were able to have last year because of your hard work and dedication to making a difference in the fight against cancer,” she stated.

Acadia’s hard work helped the American Cancer Society serviced 1,627 patients throughout Acadiana and provide them 6,534 services. Specifically in Acadia Parish, 177 patients.

The American Cancer Society provided over 1,600 nights of lodging for 81 cancer patients and caregivers in Acadiana at the Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge in New Orleans while they were receiving their treatment; three of those families  were from this parish and they stayed for 82 nights free.

Outside of that, it also helped fund transportation to treatments for cancer patients in the area and helped the treatment facilities, one of which, Oncologics, is in Crowley.

The funds also helped provide port pillows, new wigs, hats, turbans, cancer information and other things that might be a necessity for a cancer patient or for his/her family in the American Cancer Society’s Patient Support Room. In 2012, the patient room also provided the female patients of Acadiana with a gift item, including mastectomy bras and prosthesis.

It’s only some of the services provided and funded by the American Cancer Society and it surely does not include the money the group puts toward cancer research.

“It’s because of you that we were able to provide these services and I thank you,” said Breaux in her letter.

“This is a celebration that brings together neighbors, friends, work associates and families to celebrate those who have survived cancer, remember those who have lost their lives to cancer and to raise money so we can take action and fight back against cancer,” said Darlene Thibodeaux.

To learn more about Relay for Life, create a team or donate, visit www.relayforlife.org/acadiaLA.

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