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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Dance held to raise funds for Relay for Life

  • Dozens of community members from the local area came together Saturday evening at the St. Robert Community Center to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.


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  • Dozens of community members from the local area came together Saturday evening at the St. Robert Community Center to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.
    This was the first year for the “Wish Upon a Star” dance and raffle, but event organizers said they hope the family-oriented event will become an annual fundraiser for the Relay for Life of Pulaski County. The dance was designed to draw attention to the upcoming Relay for Life, which will be held at the St. Robert Community Center ball field July 7.
    Tiffany York, the chair for the Pulaski County Relay for Life, said this will be the first year a Relay for Life event has been held in St. Robert.
    “The last three or four years it has been held in Richland,” she said. “So this is new and exciting.”
    York said more than 20 teams have registered to take part in the Relay for Life. Those teams have been raising money since November but the dance was just another way to raise funds for the event and drum up local support.
    Goldie Spahn, one of the event organizers and a Relay for Life participant, said the goal was to make the dance an event for all ages. It was child-friendly, as well as a nice date night for adults, she added.
    “We wanted to make it an event for everyone,” Spahn said. Event attendees posed for professional prom-style portraits, enjoyed appetizers and desserts and danced to a wide variety of hits throughout the evening. A guest speaker, Aldine Dixon, was also on hand to speak about her battle with cancer.
    She shared personal insights with the audience during her remarks, including information about the side effects of her medical treatments.
    “I lost my hair twice, but hey, it wasn’t too bad,” she said candidly with a shrug and a laugh. She said her friends, family and a positive outlook on life helped her through her cancer treatments and she emerged as a survivor.
    “It’s important to have a positive outlook on life, no matter what life throws at you,” Dixon said.
    The Relay for Life event is dedicated to drawing attention and funding to cancer research. It started in 1985, when a Washington physician, Dr. Gordy Klatt, spent 24 hours circling a track to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life events are now held across the globe.
    York said everyone is invited to the local relay July 7.
    “It starts at 1 p.m. and it is a 12-hour event, so it will end at 1 a.m. You don’t have to be a participant to come out, anyone can come to the event,” York said.
    She added that the relay will have a carnival-type theme, with vendors, games and live entertainment. Cancer survivors are encouraged to attend as well and can register online.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We welcome the whole community to come out and join us in our goal to raise money for the American Cancer Society,” Spahn added.
    Additional information about the local Relay for Life event can be found at www.relayforlife.org/pulaskimo.
     
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