Published On: Thu, May 30th, 2013

Randolph residents put their support behind Relay for Life

RANDOLPH — An area couple is always ready to pitch in when it comes to the annual Relay for Life event.

Relay for Life is a celebration of hope and survivorship and honors those who have lost their lives to cancer.

Bill Fye and his wife, Jami, Randolph, will be joining in the fight against cancer again this year.

Fye said he and his wife have been involved with Relay for Life for the last five years.

“Cancer touches everyone – there are no age limits or boundaries,” Fye said.

The couple lost grandparents who passed away from cancer.

Bill and Jami have been gearing up for the fight against cancer as team members for the “Cancer Busters.”

The Cancer Buster’s sign that sits in front of their business, Jim’s Food Center, encourages people to purchase raffle tickets, bracelets and luminaries to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

Youth groups from St. John’s Lutheran Church and First United Methodist Church in Randolph make up the Cancer Buster’s team.

Bill and Jami, who are youth leaders at the Methodist Church, and Ben and Jean Gall, youth leaders at the Lutheran Church will be among the walkers and joggers taking turns at laps during the May 31 event at the Randolph football field.

“This is the second year for the two youth groups to join together to make up a team,” Bill said. “Cancer is a very hard thing for teens to handle. Our high school lost a young lady to cancer. It hit our school hard.”

Bill, the owner of Jim’s Food Center, will also be helping out with a donation for some of the food that will be available during the Relay.

This year’s Relay for Life event has generated a lot of interest in the Randolph community as well as other areas in Cedar County.

“People in Randolph are excited about having it here. It is a huge event. The support is amazing,” Bill said. “People put in a lot of time to organize the Relay for Life which is for the whole county.”

The Relay includes an opening ceremony, survivor’s lap, caretaker’s lap, and an opening lap where the relay teams all walk together before individuals from each team take turns walking or jogging around the track for the remainder of the event.

A luminaria ceremony, a slide show featuring survivors and loved ones who have passed away, along with games, activities, awards and speakers, are all part of the evening’s event which ends with a “Fight Back” ceremony.

The previous Cedar County Relay for Life events have started in the evening and continued through dawn the next morning but this year’s Relay will be different.

“This is the first time it will run from 6 p.m. until midnight” Bill said.

The Cedar County Relay for Life is an awesome event where people from across the whole county come together to fight back against a disease that has already taken too much.

To find out just how important the funds are that will be raised for the fight against cancer ask one of the over 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year.