Volunteer Theresa Mc-Keon embraced a picture of Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser, as a concern for cancer. It began in 1985 with a kick off by Dr. Gordy Klatt walking a track, and within 24 hours, raised $27,000. McKeon said the surgeon wanted to honor cancer patients and support their cause.
Pat Flynn organized the first team relay the following year, which again was held in Tacoma, Wash., and with Flynn becoming the “Mother of Relay” after earning $33,000 toward the walk.
McKeon gave a brief history of Relay For Life at a recent Flagler County NAACP meeting, which took place at the African American Cultural Society.
The relay has earned more than $4 billion to date for patients and cancer research, spreading cancer awareness, remembering those who lost their lives, celebrating survivors, and uniting the community.
Services and programs
Forty-six cancer researchers have been bestowed as Nobel Prize laureates, and there’s good news of an ever-increasing, long-term survival.
Services emanating from donations were provided by McKeon:
• The Road to Recovery is the transportation of cancer patients by volunteers to appointments.
• The Man-to-Man program deals with prostate cancer at monthly meetings, and men sharing information about the disease.
• Look Good Feel Better has a story of female patients dealing with skin, nails, and hair loss, along with male patients’ need to improve hair and skin.
• Hope Lodges give patients and caregivers a free place to stay while away in another city for treatment.
• A 24-hour hotline is the access of cancer information over the phone with trained operators.
• The last script of how donations are used is a R.O.C.K. college scholarship, giving young cancer survivors a chance to earn an undergraduate degree, and younger survivors having fun at R.O.C.K. camp.
S.E.A.S. to host evening of jazz
The 17th Annual Evening of All-Star Jazz steps up with rhythm, sponsored by S.E.A.S. Black Catholic Guild, an auxiliary at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.
The return to jazz will star Rob’s Jazz Express: Em Dinopol, vocalist; Rob Whiting, guitar and synthesizer; Alfred Waters, woodwinds; Jack LaForte, bass guitar, and Robert Banks, drums.
Rob’s Jazz Express goes before an audience May 4, 7 to 9 p.m., at S.E.A.S. hall, 4600 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast.
To purchase tickets, call Sybil Daniel at 386-445-5195; Robert Gary, 386-437-9845, Mildred O’Bryan, 386-445-7185; Lucille Huesner, 386-446-4183, or contact Aimee’s Hallmark Shop, 386-445-0985.
Church plans free financial seminar
To safeguard a bright financial future, join First Church in a “Money and Finance Seminar,” May 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.
The information-only seminar will not promote product sales, but take on a discussion of banking, credit cards and loans; budget and taxes; medical insurance; advanced directives; wills and power of attorney; finances affecting bonds and mutual funds.
The seminar is free; seating is limited, and lunch and child care will be provided without cost.
To reserve your seat today, call 386-446-5759.
Chair Sybil Dodson Lucas has announced that the Pre-Mother’s Day Sale-A-Bration has been postponed from May 4 to a later date at First Church. For further details, call the church.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.