Relay for Life of Lincoln County has received the 2009 National American Cancer Society Power of Hope award for survivor participation for enlisting more than 600 survivors in local events. That is the highest participation rate in the country for a county with a population of 60,000-74,999, according to the Lincoln County group.
Lincoln County holds two relays each year for the eastern and the western parts of the county. Despite the lagging economy, both were recognized for their fund-raising efforts. Both East Lincoln and Lincolnton received national ACS Hope Awards for per capita contributions of $3 per person in a population of 60,000-74,999. East Lincoln raised $103,369, and Lincolnton raised $119,180. Not only does the relay itself raise money through sponsorships, but events such as yard sales throughout the year bring in money.
Relay chairpersons were Cheryl Burgess in Lincolnton and Melanie Leone and Angela Endersen in East Lincoln.
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's signature event. The volunteer effort raises money for research, education, advocacy and support services. In Lincoln county, survivors are registered at each event throughout the fund-raising season. They are provided with a celebration dinner, wear special purple T-shirts, and kick off each relay with the opening laps dedicated solely to the survivors and their caregivers.
Survivor committee chairs for the 2009 Lincoln County relays were Leary and Brenda Robinson in Lincolnton and Gaynell Beacham for the East Lincoln event.
Planning for 2010 has begun under the leadership of Craig Price for the East Lincoln and John Dancoff for the Lincolnton. For information about Relay for Life, contact Craig Price for East Lincoln, firstname.lastname@example.org, or John Dancoff for Lincolnton, email@example.com.