Put on your walking shoes, Relay for Life set for next month

By Will Sanders

April 10, 2014

By Will E Sanders


TROY — Get your walking shoes laced up and get ready to walk in the name of an outstanding cause as the Miami County Relay for Life is just around the corner and is scheduled to take place beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, May 2, and will conclude at noon the following day, May 3.

This year the Relay for Life will celebrate 20 years of fighting back and represents two decades of a successful cause that has helped raise millions of dollars in the fight against cancer.

This year, as in previous years, the cancer-fighting, non-competitive walk will take place at the Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N. County Road 25-A. All proceeds raised through the event will benefit the Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

Nicole Bolin, event chairperson, said this is her fourth year participating, her second as an event official and her first year as the event’s head chairperson. She encouraged others to take part in the very worthwhile event.

She said she first got involved four years ago because of an epiphany she had.

“I realized that if I could help someone, and it didn’t cost money, it would just cost a little bit of time, then that would be a great way to help save someone’s life,” said Bolin, who lost a grandmother from cancer and had a friend deeply affected by it. “If it’s worth your time, then why not?”

The Relay for Life itinerary is as follows: the Relay kicks off at 6 p.m. May 2; the opening ceremonies will take place at 5:45 p.m.; the Survivor Dinner at 6:15 p.m.; the Luminary Ceremony at 9 p.m.; a live auction at 10:30 p.m.; and the Fight Back Ceremony/First Lap of 2015 is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. May 3.

As of Thursday evening, more than 50 teams and 330 participants have registered for the Relay.

Last year, about 650 people took part in the Relay, and this year the goal is 700 participants.

To register, or to learn more information about the event, visit www.relayforlife.org/miamicounty, or contact Bolin at nitshikki@gmail.com.

The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345 or visit their website at www.cancer.org.

In related news to the main Relay for Life event, Miami County has been challenged with a Paint the Town Purple contest. The contest will involve business owners by decorating the front of their business in purple. Decorate your storefront in purple April 25-27 for the community to see and for the chance to win bragging rights as the best dressed place in the county. Send a photo of your purple creation to Sarah at sneubert07@yahoo.com by April 28. Winners will be announced at the Relay For Life of Miami County at 11 a.m. on May 3.

Will E Sanders may be reached at 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.


By Will E Sanders


TROY — Think of it as a four-legged version of the Miami County Relay for Life.

The second annual American Cancer Society’s Bark for Life of Miami County takes place beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Paul G. Duke Park in Troy.

Participants of the event are encouraged to bring their best canine friend(s) and join other participants and their pets for a fun-filled day starting with a walk and continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games.

Funds raised through the Bark for Life will go toward funding and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.

The human and canine walk is a fun way for a participant and their pet to help the American Cancer Society save lives, and helps the organization with moving closer to their ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays, said Jackie Gaier, the co-chairperson for Bark for Life.

Former and current cancer patients, anyone who has lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, and faith-based and civic organizations, and anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer are invited to take part in the exciting event.

Last year the event raised approximately $3,500 and Gaier is hoping the second annual Bark for Life can top that amount.

She said she lost her mother to cancer four years ago next month, and also her bulldog, Princess, shortly after that, which is how she initially got involved with the Relay for Life and Bark for Life.

“A lot of dogs help humans with their battle with cancer because they are always there for you,” she said. “I think dogs understand you and what you are going through, even when other people don’t. That’s how I got involved.”

Gaier, who has three dogs, Hunny, Lula and Shiz, said the event is an excellent way to honor people who are “fighting this fight every day and won’t give up. I do this for my mom. I am hoping (this event) grows.”

The cost to take part in the walk for dogs and their owners is $10 with pre-registration and $25 on the day of the event. Hits 105.5 will be broadcasting live from the event.

For more information or to register, visit www.relayforlife.org/barkmiamioh.

Will E Sanders may be reached at 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.