(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
With the help from one of the area cancer survivors, Janet Martin of Manila, and Mary and Cathy Carter, a quilt was designed keeping with this year's theme. In the center of the quilt the words, "United We Stand to Fight Against Cancer," using the colors of red, white and blue.
The Carter family, Cathy, Mary, and John Scott, has made and donated a quilt to the Buffalo Island Relay for Life for seven years in memory of Vernon Carter.
Brenda Matheny, Relay Chairman, said the committee appreciates Mary and her family for helping with this each year.
"All we have to do is tell Mary what our theme is and she comes up with a queen size quilt for the Relay to go along with the theme," Matheny said. "Every year Mary outdoes herself."
"It is just another way we can help the Relay raise money for the American Cancer society," Mrs. Carter said.
The first year she did an angel quilt and it raised over $1,900.
"The American Cancer Society Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and one day cancer will be eliminated," Matheny said. "Cancer does not care who you are or how old you are."
The Buffalo Island Relay for Life will be held Friday at Leachville City Park starting at 5:30 p.m.
"We invite everyone to come out and support our cancer survivors when they take the first victory lap around the walking track," Matheny said. "It is breathtaking to be part of this ceremony. It also gives us a chance to remember the ones who lost their fight to cancer and help support a good cause. Our goal is one day they will find a cure. It is about a community that takes up the fight."
There will be food booths, game booths, entertainment, a silent auction and other events at the all night Relay for Life.
Survivors will be recognized at approximately 6:30 p.m.