Kodiak Daily Mirror - Events ramp up in anticipation of Relay for Life
Events ramp up in anticipation of Relay for Life
by Julie Herrmann
Jul 14, 2014 | 143 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the Relay for Life Work in Progress team stand with some of the wares they were selling at a rummage sale on Saturday. (Julie Herrmann photo)
Members of the Relay for Life Work in Progress team stand with some of the wares they were selling at a rummage sale on Saturday. (Julie Herrmann photo)
Last weekend saw an event for cancer survivors and two fundraisers for Relay for Life, which starts on July 25 at 6 p.m. and ends on July 26 at 6 p.m.

On Friday evening, cancer survivors were honored and celebrated at a luau at the Elks Lodge.

On Saturday evening, bartenders at the Tropics Lounge and Kodiak Island Brewery donated the tips they made to Relay for Life.

On Saturday morning, members of the Work in Progress team held a rummage sale to raise funds for their team.

They sold items ranging from furniture to books to clothing to mugs, most of it provided by members of the team.

The Work in Progress team is made up of Jerry Clark, the logistics coordinator for Relay for Life in Kodiak, his two daughters and their spouses. Most of the sale items come from their households, but some of it comes from other households. Clark’s daughters work for the Child Development Center at the Coast Guard base and collect items left behind during transfer season.

So far, 14 teams have signed up for Relay for Life, which is in its eighth year in Kodiak, according to Clark.

About 100 people have signed up online, and Clark said there have been 400 in the past.

The intent is for at least one member of each team to be walking for the entire 24-hour period of Relay for Life. Teams pitch tents around the track, which is at Woody Way Field, and stay there through the night.

In some places, Clark said, Relay for Life is more of a competition between teams to see who can have the most people on the track for the most time. In Kodiak, it’s a bit more relaxed.

“We don’t have anyone out there checking,” Clark said.

The fundraising part of Relay for Life is where it gets competitive, Clark said. The team that raises the most money prior to Relay for Life gets first pick at where to pitch their tent around Woody Way Field.

At the first rummage sale, Work in Progress raised $400. They’d already hit $100 part way through Saturday.

Another team has already raised almost $3,000, Clark said.

The goal for Kodiak’s Relay for Life is $50,000 to $55,000. In previous years, they’ve raised $60,000 and once year, they hit $71,000, Clark said.

“The Kodiak community is very generous in the amount of fundraising that happens in this community for all kinds of events,” Clark said. “We’re very fortunate to be able to get those kinds of dollars.”

For Clark, Relay for Life is personal. His mother is a two-time breast cancer survivor.

“The whole idea of Relay is that cancer never sleeps,” Clark said. “Someone with cancer has cancer 24/7 and this is our way of saying, ‘We recognize that.’”

Relay for Life is an awareness and fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.

Contact Julie Herrmann at jherrmann@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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