Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Kristen Wilson (on left) paints a face paint design on Jaylee Moulton's face. "I'm here because my adopted mom, Janet Turner, is a survivor." Jaylee said, "My dad sells steak sandwiches for Relay for Life."
Valerie Pascoe had at least two reasons to participate in Bingham County's Relay For Life on Friday.
"My mother died at 45 and I have the gene," said Pascoe, the director of nursing at Access Home Health. "Now the clock is ticking."
"This is our third year participating," she continued. "We do this in honor of our hospice patients that we have lost."
As he walked into the stadium for his first year at Relay For Life, Drew Hansen said, "I had a grandpa die of cancer."
Hansen said he was participating in honor of that family member.
Dan Knoll of Premier Technologies said, "I'm here in support of a lost friend."
Brad Youngquist, also of Premier, said, "I'm here because I'm a survivor and have lost a few friends and family to cancer.
"Every dollar (raised through Relay For Life) helps to get to a cure," Youngquist added. "That's why a lot of people are here.
"Support is real nice," he continued. "When I was going through it, support was amazing."
The back of the survivors' t-shirts state: "I am strength. I am hope. I am a survivor."
Relay for Life started in May 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon, ran 24 hours to help raise funds for his patients and to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
"The purpose of Relay for LIfe is to provide hope, that the cancer patients will never be forgotten and to eliminate the disease," said speaker Ralph West.
"This is more fun than should be legal," said co-chair Joyce Dalley. "I love the camaraderie."
Individuals, families, businesses and law enforcement personnel took part.
This is the eighth year the Adams family has participated. This year, 29 immediate family members were at the track.
Explaining why her family was participating, Jenny Proctor said, "My dad died from cancer two years ago."
Robert Nelson has had surgery on melanoma twice.
"I'm here in support," he said.
Most of the Bank of Commerce staff were selling hamburgers, French fries and pop for Relay for Life.
"All the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society," said Bank of Commerce manager Justin Hokanson. "This is the third year the Bank of Commerce has participated."
In this effort to raise money for the answer to cancer, Glambia donated the cheese. Rupe's provided the hamburgers. The Bank of Commerce purchased the meat. Osco donated the aprons. Leavitt Farms donated potatoes and made the French fries.
Danielle Wellard is part of Team Walmart.
"I'm a cancer survivor," she said. "I've participated in Relay for Life the last five years."
Cynthia Huntsman, Miss Idaho Falls, was at the track to help Teton Cancer Institute (TCI).
Bob, June, Paul and James Cannon were at Relay to support this effort and take advantage of some family time.
A couple of hundred people braved blustery weather to participate in this year's event. Nearly 40 teams were involved in fundraising efforts.