Relay for Life Nite at the Monette Park
Monday evening was Relay for Life Nite at the Monette Ball Park as umpires and the Monette Youth Association raised $850. The money was donated to the Buffalo Island Relay for Life to go to the American Cancer Society.
Umpires Mike Matheny and Jonathan Carmichael adopted the Relay for Life as a personal project last year. They donated their pay for several ballgames they umpired. They challenged other umpires to do the same. This year umpires Matt Rolland and Tommy Stockton joined them and they chose Monday evening. In addition to donating their umpire wages, they wore pink shirts. Players wore pink ribbons, pink paint under their eyes, and pink socks to show their support of the Relay for Life.
The Monette Youth Association also donated the gate money to the Relay for Life.
Relay for Life Chairman Brenda Matheny expressed her appreciation to the umpires, players, and everyone who helped raise money for a cure.
"More than likely everyone at the ball park that night has had a family member or friend who has been a victim to cancer," Matheny said. "We do our fundraising activities year after year and our Relay in memory of those who have lost their battle, in honor of those who are cancer survivors and in an effort to find a cure for all cancer. Our goal is to fight cancer."
The banner at the gate had the words, "There is no finish line until we find a cure."
Scout Lyerly, a young girl who is a cancer survivor and a t-ball player, was at the Monette park to throw out the first ball. It was given to her by umpire Matt Rolland. Her cousin, Brititni Lyerly, was playing catcher in Monette and caught the ball and brought it back to Scout.
Again, the umpires participating in Relay for Life Nite in Monette challenged other umpires to join the fight.
They are hoping to have a Relay for Life ball tournament later in the season.
Matheny invites everyone to join in the fight for a cure. The Relay for Life event will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, June 14, at the Leachville City Park. She encourages everyone to come out. There will be a recognition ceremony for cancer survivors and they will take the first victory walk. There will be food booths, game booths and entertainment.