Buffalo Island Relay for Life 14 years running

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The 14th annual Buffalo Island Relay for Life was held Friday, June 12, at the Leachville City Park. Teams from all communities gathered to honor cancer survivors and remember those who have lost their battle to cancer.

Cancer survivors took the first victory lap at the 2015 Relay for Life.

This year's Buffalo Island Relay for Life was held in memory of a steering committee member, Sherry Hetler. Ms. Hetler, a long time member of the BI Relay for Life Steering Committee, died in January.

Chairman Brenda Matheny kicked off the event welcoming everyone. Cancer survivors were recognized with a balloon release. Survivors took the first victory lap and were joined by family members for the second lap.

This year's theme was Dr. Seuss -- Cancer: Not Here, Not There; Not Anywhere.

"That is the reason we are here," Matheny said.

The honorary survivors representing their towns across Buffalo Island were Terry Rose, Leachville; Brenda Booth, Manila; Sue Lester, Lake City; Lela Ashley, Lake City: Wilborn Kirby, Black Oak; Sandy Adcock, Caraway; Alice McFarlin, Monette; and Jamie Engle -- Manila/Corning.

"We appreciate all of our teams and welcomed new teams this year," Matheny said. "We also appreciate our sponsors and everyone who comes out to support the event each year. All of the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer."

Doug Masters provided the music.

Teams included Leachville Housing Authority Seniors; New Harmony Baptist Church Adults; New Harmony Baptist Youth; Southern Belles and Beaus; Calvary Baptist Church, Manila; Faith Funeral Service; Hospitality Tent; Team Lillian; Pam's Prosperous Praisers; All Out Team; St. Bernards & Leachville Primary Care Clinic.

The silent auction kept the group busy bidding on a variety of items donated by individuals and businesses. The silent auction raised $850.

Judges awarded plaques in several divisions.

Best grub went to Leachville Housing Authority. Freedom Cookers won first runner up; and New Harmony Church, second runner up.

Best Campsite went to Southern Belles and Beaus with New Harmony Youth, first runner up, and Hospitality Tent, second runner up.

The Best Team Spirit went to New Harmony Baptist Church. First runner up was Southern Belles and Beaus and second runner up went to the Leachville Housing Authority.

Best Spirit Hat award went to New Harmony Baptist Church with Southern Belles & Beaus winning first runner up and Leachville Housing Authority, second runner up.

A long list of names was read in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those who have lost their battle to cancer followed by a silent walk around the lighted track.

The Leachville Cave Dwellers ended the silent walk with a fireworks display.

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