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Candace Gordon Awarded 7 Everyday Hero

Mitch Jelniker from ABC News in Denver, awards Candace Gordon the Everyday Hero plaque.

Mitch Jelniker from ABC News in Denver, awards Candace Gordon the Everyday Hero plaque.

This week, Candace Gordon was surprised by Mitch Jelniker of Channel 7 News in Denver, who presented her with a 7 Everyday Hero Award for her hard work and dedication on the Estes Park Relay for Life.

The 7 Everyday Hero Award is presented to Coloradans who are making a difference in their community. The 7 Everyday Hero Award recipient is someone who motivates others, makes sacrifices, benefits others, makes a difference, leads on an ongoing basis, is a role model who fills a need, goes beyond the scope of their job, does his/her work on a not-for-profit basis, goes above the call of duty and sets an example. Candace displays all of these traits in her work with the Relay for Life here in Estes Park.

Candace has worked long and hard organizing the Relay here and has been involved in Estes Park Relay For Life since her diagnosis with cancer in 2003. The first year she was on Linda Hardin’s, Camp Katie team. The next year, she signed up to be the Survivor Chairperson. In 2005, she was on the Leadership Committee wearing many different hats since there was such a small committee. In 2006 and 2007, Candace became the Event Chair.

Someone else had agreed to be Event Chair in 2008, however, that person changed her mind, so in February, Candace saw a need and stepped up to the plate and again became Event Chair. The past two years, Candace has served on the American Cancer Regional Council which means she mentors six Relays from Yuma, Colorado to Grandby, Colorado. As a Regional Council member, she is a volunteer support person who is responsible for planning and staffing the Relay University which is an all day training session for all Relays in our area each year.
When asked if she was surprised at receiving the 7 Everyday Hero Award, Candace stated, “I can’t begin to tell you how surprised I was! I feel that the success of the Estes Park Relay For Life is a team effort, so I am not sure that I should receive such an award. I feel that award should be for the leadership team. They are truly amazing. It is an honor to be a part of such an outstanding team. Estes Park is a marvelous community with lots of great support. What a blessing it is to live such a giving community!”

There is no doubt that Candace truly deserves this recognition, for her passion in helping to find a cure for cancer. This year’s Relay for Life will be held at the Estes Park High School July 31-August 1 and when you attend, you’ll see Candace in action throughout the entire event. Her energy and passion is so very evident.

The story of Candace’s award will air on Channel 7 KMGH Denver News on Sunday, August 16th at 10 p.m., Monday, August 17th at 5 a.m., Thursday, August 20th at 11 a.m., Friday, August 21st at 4 p.m., Saturday, August 22nd at 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 23rd at 7 a.m.

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