The Rappahannock County Relay For Life was started in the 1990s by the dear Ester Settle, who died just a couple days before this year’s relay. The event raised $37,621.96 and had 20 teams and 128 registered participants.
Ester’s family was front and center at the Relay and her daughter, Tammy Bunch, read a poem she wrote about her mother and her battle with cancer. The Settle family led the Relay’s survivor lap and Ester’s presence could be felt.
Tim Grove of the American Cancer Society will continue his involvement and Katherine Todd and Ellen Timbers will serve as co-chairs for 2011’s Relay. Organizers have set a goal of 30 teams, 450 participants, 30 survivors participating and a fundraising goal of $50,000.
Ester would have been proud of what we did this year and our aim next year is to make sure we do one better in honor of her.
I write to you not only as a community member of Rappahannock County, but as someone who has had a loved on who has battled this horrible disease. I ask you to give selflessly of your time to help us find a cure for this disease.
I encourage you to attend a meeting and meet the wonderful people who work behind the scenes of the Rappahannock County Relay For Life. The meetings are held at Washington Baptist Church, 180 Gay St., at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month. Any questions can be directed to either Katherine Todd at 540-522-6656 or myself at 540-660-9772. I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.
Marketing and publicity chair,
Rappahannock County Relay For Life