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This year’s Lamar County Relay for Life — themed Paris 500…Lamar County Race for a Cure — is less than a week away. The annual event is being held at North Lamar’s R.L. Maddox Stadium on the walking track from 7pm on Friday, June 29 until 5am on Saturday, June 30.
The idea is for everyone to get together, raise funds for a cure, and have a lot of fun celebrating the lives of those who have fought battles with cancer and to honor the memories of those that have been lost to the battle with cancer. This year has been one of the biggest fund raising years so far.
There are a lot more activities planned for the night, aside from the Relay and all the pre-Relay fundraising that has gone on in the days and weeks preceding the event. There will also be on-site fundraising on the night of the Relay.
Many local businesses and Relay teams will be offering various items, merchandise, fun, games, and food and drinks. For example: Bealls will have Lollipops, Cotton Candy, Face Painting, and raffles for two fragrance baskets, Brookshire’s will provide Snow Cones, Doing it for Ken’s Kids — egg rolls, pickles, strawberry and chocolate cupcakes, First Federal Teams 1 & 2 — T-shirts, Kimberly Clark Team 1 — hamburgers and baked goods, Kimberly Clark Team 2 — raffle for Taurus 380 Stainless Steel Hand Gun, Kimberley Clark Team 3 — memory quilt raffle, Kroger — hotdogs and raffles for a grill and $30 Gift Card, PRMC — food and face painting, People’s Bank — hotdogs, cancer bracelets, raffle for 2 baskets, PHG — cotton candy, Texas Oncology — frito pies, nachos, & water, The T-Shirt Shoppe — t-shirts, tote bags, glow sticks, Well Warriors — popcorn, and Wendy’s Warriors — watermelon.
There will also be a Mr. Relay contest which will feature several local business being represented by a man that dresses as a woman for a humorous beauty pageant. Mr. Relay contests are: Kenny Dority (Guaranty Bond), Ellsworth Corbett (Brookshire’s), Michael McLaughlin (First Federal Team 1), Bow Willis (First Federal Team 2), Joe Parris (Kimberly Clark), Caleb Gladd (Paris Regional Medical Center), Andrew Thrasher (The T-Shirt Shoppe), and Casey Gilbert (Well Warriors).
And for even more activities and fun, Bealls will have Mario Cart set up, Brookshire’s will shave their manager’s head and host a scavenger hunt, Doing it for Ken’s Kids will have a Bag Lady game, First Federal Teams 1 & 2 will sponsor a reverse lap and a hokey pokey lap, Kimberly Clark Teams 1 & 2 will host a Bubble Gum Race Car workshop and a Huggies diaper dash, Kroger may lock you up in their ‘mock jail’, Texas Oncology will have tricycle races, there will be a Limbo Lap sponsored by the T-Shirt Shoppe, and Wyatt Bowden is bring the Angry Birds game.
Be prepared for a night of memories, emotions, fun, excitement, and fellowship. This is a time when a lot of the town of Paris will pull together for a great cause. Hope to see everyone there.
Below is a diagram of the walking track with info regarding the night of the relay. Click to enlarge.
Article by Josh Allen/Managing Editor – eParis Extra!
Brookshire’s is selling the above photographed T-shirts as a fundraiser for Relay for Life up until the Friday before Relay.
The shirts are to remember those that are Gone but not Forgotten and honor those that are Still Fighting. Relay for Life is just around the corner. Let’s all help raise money to Race for the Cure.
You can order your shirts on site at Brookshire’s or you can email Lashell Jordan with your order at email@example.com.
The adult shirt is $12.00, plus $1 per name to be added and the children’s shirts are $10, plus $1 per each name to be added.
Shirts must be paid for when they are ordered.
Relay for Life is two weeks from today. The event will take place at North Lamar’s RL Maddox Stadium from 7pm to 7am on June 29. The theme this year is Paris 500…Lamar County Race For A Cure. There will be so much fun, celebration, and dedication going around on that night — Flash mobs, reverse laps, games, prizes, food, etc.
If you’ve lost someone with cancer, know someone who has, or even know someone who has gone through a fight with cancer, you know the toll it can take on someone, especially those that have lost. That is what this Relay is all about. To raise funds to hopefully someday find a cure and to celebrate the lives and the fights of those that have suffered the awful battle.
These Luminaria bags photographed below are a great way to dedicated a moment, and a pretty glowing bag-light, to someone that has lost a fight with cancer or is still battling today. Get them at the Relay for Life event on June 29.
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Josh Allen/Editor – eParisTexas.com
On Thursday, June 14, from 2pm to 6pm, at Paris Family Physicians, Be the Match Registry Team Brenda will be taking samples and consent forms from future members of the Be the Match registry, in hopes to find a match for Brenda Coplin to cure and help her terminal illness, AML Leukemia. This person could be you, and you could have the power to save a life.
Brenda Coplin is a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mom (3 daughters), grandmother, friend, and long time resident of Paris, Texas. She enjoys spending time with her 9 grandkids, camping, reading & cooking. She was recently diagnosed with (AML) Leukemia. She now needs a bone marrow transplant to possibly cure her fatal blood disease.
The Coplin family and friends are asking all caring and compassionate individuals to determine whether they are the match for Brenda or for one of the thousands of other patients with similar life threatening diseases.
Initially, all it takes is completing a consent form and a cheek swab kit of the mouth to join the Be The Match Registry.
Thousands of people become part of this Be the Match registry so that when people are in need of transplants the same blood type can be sought out and found faster, possibly saving a life. People everyday are in need of transplants, blood, and bone marrow that may have your same blood type.
Be the Match has been servicing the needs of people with illnesses for 25 years and has successfully been a part of 50,000 transplants.
If you do not want to be a donor, or get tested for your blood type, you can also help by donating funds to the cause. For every $100 raised, Be the Match can add another member to the registry, so please give what you can.
To join, give, or volunteer, contact Clifford Ackerman, recruitment coordinator at 212-820-1589 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information regarding Team Brenda’s Thursday event, please contact Camey Boyer at 903-249-3352.
Editor – eParis Extra!
Infant Aubrie Miller began fighting for her life before she was even born. In February, during a routine ultrasound, her mother learned Aubrie suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy.
After she was born on March 14, little Aubrie was immediately transferred to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas for treatment and care. Doctors said a heart transplant was critical to her survival. Thankfully, she received her lifesaving transplant on May 22 and is recovering well.
During this frightening time, the Millers have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from family, friends and the community. They hope Aubrie’s story brings awareness about the urgent need for organ donors so many more lives can be saved. More than anything, they want to bring their little girl home happy and healthy as soon as possible. But they still need your help.
The average heart transplant costs nearly $1 million. Although her health insurance will cover the transplant itself, her family will still face expenses for follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications for the rest of her life. Post-transplant medications can be very costly, and they are as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
The Millers will incur substantial expenses after when they travel back for follow-up care and doctors’ appointments, as they live 150 miles from the hospital.
To overcome these financial challenges, the Millers turned to the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) for assistance. NFT is a nonprofit organization that helps transplant patients raise funds to pay for medical expenses.
“I am beyond thrilled that this precious baby received a second chance at life,” said Kay Horne, NFT fundraising consultant. “But I know she still has a long way to go. Everyone at NFT is dedicated to helping Aubrie’s family raise the necessary funds so they can focus on her health without constantly worrying about the mounting medical expenses.”
Saturday, June 23 a softball tournament fundraiser will be held in Aubrie’s honor at the Paris Sports Complex, 2025 S. Collegiate Dr. Games will begin at 6 p.m., and teams can register for $200.
For more information or to register a team, contact Chad Leisman at 903-272-9377 or email@example.com.
To make donations in honor of Aubrie, please visit www.transplants.org and click on “Find an NFT Patient” to search for her. If you prefer to mail your contribution, please send your gift to the NFT Oklahoma Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Be sure to write “in honor of Aubrie Miller” in the subject line.
NFT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Memphis, Tenn. that has been helping transplant patients overcome financial obstacles since 1983. NFT provides fundraising expertise to transplant patients by organizing fundraising campaigns in the patients’ own communities. In the past 29 years, NFT’s fundraising campaigns have generated nearly $60 million to assist patients.
NFT currently assists more than 2,500 transplant candidates and recipients nationwide. For more information about NFT, please call 800-489-3863 or visitwww.transplants.org.