15th annual Buffalo Island Relay for Life held in Manila

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The Victory Lap was made by cancer survivors attending the 2016 Buffalo Island Relay for Life event held in Manila on June 11.

The 15th annual Buffalo Island Relay for Life was held Saturday, June 11, at the Manila City Park to honor cancer survivors and remember family and friends who have lost their battles to the disease.

The BI Relay for Life was moved to Manila this year with the theme, "The One-eyed, One Horned Purple Cancer Eater."

The morning was kicked off at 9:30 a.m. with breakfast served to cancer survivors and their caregivers. Cancer survivors registered receiving survivor tee shirts, along with survivor bags filled with ribbons, pins and more.

The victory lap followed the singing of the National Anthem by Judy Hampton.

Cancer survivors made the victory lap and were joined by their caregivers half-way through the short walk.

Bouncy houses were set up for the children to enjoy. Food booths were provided by the Boy Scouts and the Manila Business Women. A stand with fresh squeezed lemonade was a popular stop during the day. Neena's Cutie Pies held a bake sale and cake walk. Burrow, Cook and McDowell's team manned the silent auction along with Pies for Life team. All Out team had a picture booth offering pictures with the One-Eyed, One-Horned, Purple Cancer Eater.

A survivor quilt made by Dianna Burrow and Laura McDowell and a wishing well provided by the Pies for Life Team will be given away in August. Tickets for the items can be purchased at Manila Bait Shop.

Bobby, the DJ, of Forrest City provided music throughout the day.

The live One-Eyed, One-Horned, Purple Cancer Eater (Ethan Green) was on hand to take pictures with the cancer survivors and take part in the victory walk.

Team leaders were Laura McDowell, Yvonne Hernandez, Terry Rose and Janie Singleton. Rebecca Clowers serves as accountant for the Buffalo Island Relay for Life. Also on hand for the event was Ashley Hennessey, community manager with the American Cancer Society.

Survivors and caregivers, along with team members and volunteers, were served a barbecue sandwich provided by Farmers Market and prepared by Brad Couch and the Boy Scouts. The Boy Scouts served the meal taking care of the survivors and caregivers.

In addition, the Boy Scouts took on the responsibility of cleaning up throughout the day.

"We appreciate all of the volunteers and the Boy Scouts for their participation in this year's Relay for Life," Hernandez said.

Upcoming fund raising events for the BI Relay for Life include Purses, Pouts and Pearls on July 14; a catfish tournament will be sponsored by City Bait and Tackle on July 30. For more information call (870) 561-1188. More events will be held through August.

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