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Thank You Estes Park

To The Editor:

“In our lifetime, we will see a cure for cancer. Not because we wished for it, but because we worked for it.”

What can you say about Estes Park? Not only is it a beautiful place to live, but the community is caring, and supportive as well. The Relay For Life Leadership Team would like to say a big thank you for helping to make the 2010 Relay a big success. The 9th Annual Relay for Life of Estes Park was held on July 23rd and 24th at the Estes Park High School track. The theme this year was “Movie Stars.” The Relay Committee wishes to thank all of you for your sponsorships, donations, and support. The results of our fundraising efforts are finally in and with your help we were able to raise approximately $71,000. There were 860 donations from 34 states. This is amazing for a small mountain community that has this kind of reach, particularly in these difficult economic times. There were 72 survivors who participated representing 622 survivor years. The victory lap for survivors and caregivers along with the Luminaria Ceremony were particularly meaningful events at the Relay. What a way to add to the celebration of the 26th Anniversary of Relay For Life!

We want to give a special thank you to all the teams that participated in this yearʼs relay for their time and effort. You are indeed the heart of our Relay. Once again Small But Mighty with team captains Sue and Jerry Bergeron, and Bonnie Kershner was the largest fundraiser. Congratulations! Other teams and their captains are as follows: Bridging the Gap, Carrie Belt, Noah Pitsch, and Diane Perry; Camp Katie 1 & 2, Linda Hardin and Harriet Woodard; Candaceʼs Camp Courage, Candace and Rob Gordon; Cheerleading for a Cure, Ernie Hardin; Curvaceous Divas, Maritza and Jon Jaggers; Estes Park Medical Center, Carie Cutting; Estes Park United Methodist Church, Donna Patterson and Linda Bowie; Harmony Hoofers, Kristi Faraguna; Hugs and Kisses, Laurene Nicholl; Lonigans, Deborah and David Callahan; MedX of Estes Park, Debbie Holmes; Momʼs Group, Sarah Walsh; Mountain Golf Villas, Clark and Nancy Lupton; Rocky Mountain Health Club, Linda Salow; Team Blodgett, Ken McChesney; Team Estes Park, Lucy Cahill; Team Gaz, Gary Cahill; Team SOUL, Marcella Mailloux; Timberline Medical, Fiona and Katrina Cahill; Where Thereʼs a Will – Thereʼs a Way 1-5, Coralyn Steel and Pat Reed; and Yahoo Wahoo 1 & 2, Jim Hughes and Heidi Campbell. The Estes Park Marathon Teams include: Freedom Dogs, Major Mom, Weird Pole, and Your Pace.

We would like to recognize the amazing support given by our sponsors. Proud Title Sponsors are: Poppyʼs Pizza & Grill, Owners Rob and Julie Pieper, and The Rooftop Rodeo Top Hands Organization. The Proud Platinum Sponsor was Estes Park Community Thrift Shop. Proud Gold Sponsors are: The Egg & I and Estes Valley Quilt Guild. Silver Sponsors include: Estes Park Dental, Estes Park Medical Center, Estes Park Rent All, and McKee Medical Center. Bronze Sponsors were: American Legion Post 119, Brian Thibodeaux, Estes Park Lions Club, Estes Park News, Estes Park Trail Gazette, First National Bank of Estes Park, Kingstone Center, Lonigans Saloon – Nightclub & Grill, and Solid Sound Entertainment. Our Copper Sponsors are: Allnutt Funeral Services, Aspen Eye Center, Dadʼs Maytag Laundry & Showers, Estes Park Marathon, Estes Park Pet Lodge, Estes Park Pet Supply, Kearney & Sons Materials, Inc, KEPL 1470 AM Radio, Knights of Columbus, Mac Gregor Ranch, McChesney Photography, Mountain Time, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Starbucks, The Trading Post, Waste Management, YMCA of the Rockies, Subway, and Maryʼs Lake Lodge. We extend to you a heartfelt thank you. We couldnʼt have done it without these wonderful, supportive sponsors.

Thank you to the following donors, performers, and volunteers who helped make the Relay a success. Relay wouldnʼt be possible without your support; Inspire Hair Salon – Jessica Kingswood, Georgia Ballard, Jan Carpenter, Loren Johnson, Maryʼs Lake Lodge, Miss Q T Pie the Clown – Judy Deringer, Molly Bʼs, Reel Mountain Theater, Peaks Hallmark, Safeway, St. Margaretʼs Church, Sweet Basilico, Town of Estes Park, Unink Printworks, Wheeler Group, Fort Collins Pipe Band – Jason Hoffman, Carol Smid, Christann Higley, Pam Becker, and Eagle Rock School.

Everyone enjoyed great food and drink supplied by Brian Thibodeaux (tasty Cajun food), Lonigans, Poppyʼs/Mama Roseʼs, Starbucks, Maryʼs Lake Lodge, The Egg & I and Estes Park Ice. For serving breakfast with a smile, we thank the Knights of Columbus.

This year we had many exciting pre-Relay events. In May, we held a Dog Walk where canine cancer fighters and their owners walked and barked around Lake Estes. In June, we partnered with Estes Park Marathon to raise additional funds. We participated in the Rooftop Rodeo Parade and partnered with Rodeoʼs Top Hand Organization to hold a Golf Tournament.

For all of your dedication and hard work that is making a difference in our fight for Cancer we thank the Estes Park Relay Leadership Team. The team members are: Event Chairs (who put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to make Relay a success), Gary and Katrina Cahill; Accounting and Registration, Dwayne Ballard; Advocacy, Education and Special Projects, Nancy Hughes; Cancer Survivors, Diane Yoblin and Sara Maypole; Food and Beverage, Nancy Yearsley; Luminaria, Dennis and Ann Starbuck and Loretta DeWitt; Publicity. Kathy and Wayne Young; Relay Store, Donna and Brandi McCleary; Rodeo Parade Float Coordinator, Jim Hughes; Sponsorship, Mike Oline; Team Development, Maritza and Jon Jaggers; Website, Grant Cahill; and our invaluable American Cancer Society Staff Partners, Susan Scott and Sara Forsythe.

Why is Estes Park Relay for Life such a huge success? It is because of people like you! There are not enough words to express our appreciation. We hope that all of you will continue to help us to celebrate more birthdays, remember and fight back.

© 2014 Estes Park News, Inc

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