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Relay1Cancer survivors held their hands up high at last Friday night’s Clinton County Relay For Life. Committee members reported that $88,571 was raised by the end of the evening making the grand total contributed by this community over the past 18 years at nearly $3.5 million.Relay2As part of the opening ceremony, a plaque was presented to the family of Speedy Benhoff, a former Relay For Life committee member who lost his battle with cancer on June 6. The Relay committee also thanked Speedy Benhoff Family & Friends for making a $20,000 donation to Relay For Life in Speedy’s name. Pictured are Matt and Mel Benhoff accepting the plaque on behalf of the family from Relay Leadership Committee chairman Dana Timmermann.    No one fights alone. This was evident last Friday night as 125 cancer survivors — many of them joined by family members and friends — walked the Survivor’s Lap on the track at Central Community High School in Breese as part of the 18th annual Relay For Life. 
    The evening kicked off with the Survivor’s Lap and continued until 10:30 p.m. as team members and the entire community united to raise money in the fight against cancer.  Below are just some examples of how the county joined together to finish the fight.
    •  $88,571 was the total raised as of Friday evening. The grand total raised by this community over 18 years now stands at nearly $3.5 million.
    • The top team, J-Putt’s Lucky Crew, raised $6,848. Other top teams were: Central Football Team ($4,896), DK Crue ($3,476), The Bailey Bunch ($3,301), Greg’s Gang ($3,033),  Survivors Team ($2,245), Jim’s Formal Wear ($2,199), Superwalkers ($2,159), T Mann Team ($1,640), Kicking Cancer in the 618 ($1,473),  Under Janet’s Wings ($1,638), American Eagles ($1,283), OUH8CANCER2 ($658), The Little Rascals ($645), Breese Dental Care ($500), and Team Pink ($25). 
    What a great accomplishment by all of the Relay For Life teams!
    Special recognition and a plaque went out to Speedy Benhoff Family & Friends for making a $20,000 contribution to the Relay For Life. Benhoff was a dedicated Relay committee member, who lost his battle with cancer in June.
    • 310 luminaries shined brightly around the track during the Luminaria Ceremony. The Luminarias were to honor loved ones lost to cancer, to celebrate  cancer survivors, and to show those affected by cancer that they are not alone. Family members and friends were invited to stand around the track as the names of those honored were read aloud during the ceremony which took place after dusk. 
    • 125 survivors from Clinton County, who attended the event,  were recognized and celebrated during the Opening Ceremony and Survivor’s Lap. Many survivors made their way around the track to prove that this disease can be fought and won.
    • 17 teams not only walked the track throughout the event amongst friends and family, but also set up booths to sell food, drinks and raffle items to raise more money for their team and the Relay event. Lists of raffle winners of the main Relay Raffle can be found on page 6D. • 25 committee members and volunteers helped make the Relay a success as they worked almost year-round to organize the event. Without their effort and help from the American Cancer Society Metro-East regional office, the Relay For Life of Clinton County would not be as successful as it is today.
    • One night that Clinton County comes together to Celebrate, Remember and to Fight Back. Sincere thanks go out to many volunteers, survivors, and their families, teams and sponsors for making Relay For Life such a success! 
    Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many, for supporting Relay For Life of Clinton County and the fight against cancer!

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