Buffalo Island Survivor Social held
The Buffalo Island Relay for Life Survivor Social was held Sunday afternoon at the Leachville Methodist Church fellowship hall with over 80 attending.
Family and friends gathered to honor cancer survivors who were the honored guests for the event. Each year a survivor from each town is chosen to represent their community and lead the first victory lap at the Relay for Life event.
Honorary survivors for 2013 are Glenville Nettles, Monette; Juanita Hickman, Black Oak; Beverly Counts, Manila; Lindsey S. Lewis, Caraway; Donald Davis, Lake City; Sherry Cagle, Leachville; and Linda Mason, Cardwell.
A large paper birthday cake representing the American Cancer Society's 100th birthday, and this year's theme for the Buffalo Island Relay, was made by Sherry Hetler. As cancer survivors introduced themselves, they placed a candle with the number of years they have been a survivor. The number on the candles included one year to over 30 years. Twenty-two cancer survivors attended the Sunday afternoon event.
Brenda Matheny, Buffalo Island Relay chair, recognized the committee members and thanked them for all they do.
Tina Matheny served as chairman for the survivor social and welcomed everyone and talked about the Relay for Life, the American Cancer's signature fundraising event throughout the country.
Candles were lit, one in honor of survivors and one in memory of those who have lost their battle to cancer.
Tina talked about the American Cancer Society and the work it has done over the last 100 years.
"Because of the American Cancer Society 350 people will celebrate a birthday today who would not have been able to if not for the American Cancer Society," she said. "It is the largest non for profit cancer researcher in the United States. Every day, 350 people celebrate birthdays because of the American Cancer Society. Because it is the American Cancer's 100th birthday, the steering committee decided to use the theme "Birthday party, celebrating 100 years of hope" for this year's event.
Special cakes decorated for survivors and one for the American Cancer Society's 100th birthday were served.