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The co-chairs and committee for the Carroll County Relay for Life wish to express our sincere gratitude to all team captains, team members and volunteers who participated in the 2013 Relay for Life. When we are finished collecting pledges and fundraising money, we will have raised over $80,000, blowing away our goal of $52,000!

This was only accomplished by the wonderful people who worked all year on great fundraising projects both small and large and members of the Relay committee who unselfishly give of their time and talents. We hope each person who did anything to help with Relay: business owners who donated goods or gifts, was a team captain, was a team member, was a supporter of a team, bought a luminary or just came out and enjoyed encouraging the participants, will take a moment and appreciate that the money we raised that goes to research might be the dollar that supports the cure or the new medicine that stops the advancement of any of the types of cancer. We did a great service for our loved ones, the ones we honored and the ones we remembered at Relay.

This year was special as the American Cancer Society (ACS) celebrated its 100th birthday. Through the efforts of ACS over this time, more people are surviving cancer and celebrating more birthdays.

Not only did we set a new record for the amount of money raised during our event, for the first time ever, we had a team reach the $20,000 fundraising level. In fact, we had three teams surpass the $10,000 mark: quite an accomplishment for a community the size of ours.

We would like to thank and recognize the following businesses for their contributions: Ace Hardware, Aultman, Carrollton Business Women, Carrollton Electric Co-Op, Carrollton Rotary Club, Creekside Springs, Dellroy Market, Carrollton Eagles, The Free Press Standard, Fusion Ceramics, Gionino’s Pizza, J Pa’s Pizzeria, Gotch and Company, Manfull’s Market, Ponderosa, Subway, Thorne’s Marketplace, Dollar General Market, Woods Grocery, McDonald’s, Ashton’s 5 & 10 Cent Store, J & J Refuse, Mercy Cancer Center, McBane Insurance, The Okey Law Offices Co., Jean Miller, SS&E Laundry Service, Rex Energy and Virginia Restaurant. The following organizations for their services: Carrollton Civic Club, Mark Walters and Boy Scout Troop #141, Friendship Center, Malvern Elementary 2nd Grade Classes, and the Carroll County Agricultural Society.  And thanks to the following individuals for their time, hard work and patience: Melanie Campbell, Rev. Wally Anderson, Harold Barber, Jennifer Gotschall, Denise Teeter, Carrollton Warriorettes, Laura & Al Liber, Tammy Compston, Robin Palmer, Chelsea McIntire, Aneissa Randal, Jean Griffeth, Paula Moyer, Kelli Pridemore, Tammy Sanderson, Ruth Ann Albaugh, Kim Herron, Rebecca Herron, Nancy Whitmore and Dan Yost.

Also, thanks to the teams and the team captains who worked so hard with us and pulled it all together with their numerous financial fundraisers:  Aultman, Team Captain Jamie Lewis; Angels of Mercy, Linda Boyd and Faye Flanagan; Crusaders Against Cancer, Al and Laura Liber; Carroll Electric Co-Op, Yvonne Ackerman; Countryview Manor, Fighting for Friends Dottie Ferren and Lori Yeager; Free Press Standard, Carol McIntire; Run for Rosie, Tonya Howell and Linda Moreland; Team Hope, Taylor Burchfield; Team H.O.P.E., Jessica Sommer; Boy Scout Troop 141, Fancy Nancy’s Squad, Stacy Brown; McCook Bowlers, Becky Rainsberger, Drug Mart, Chelsea McIntire and Tammy Compston; and St. John’s Villa, Melissa Toothman.

Special thanks to all those who participated in the Polar Bear Plunge in February that really kick started our Relay season.

We apologize to any donor not listed; we appreciate all your support and know we could not do it without you.

Relay for Life brings together cancer survivors, patients and their loved ones, families, friends, and co-workers for a common cause, to find a cure for cancer. We hope that each one of you feels a smile in your heart for your reason for participating, and thank you for helping us raise over $80,000 to be used toward the cause.

Remember, when we walk together, we are stronger than cancer.

Debbie Senko, Carol McIntire
Co-chairs
Carroll County Relay for Life

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