Members of the US Army Institute of Surgical Research donated their time to support a worthy cause. Angela and Michael Plunkett, Rick Anzaldua, Laura Van Gilder, Briza Horace and Floretta Sample, along with Johnny and Regina Estep joined over 600 people in the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life of Greater Randolph" to help raise much-needed funds to support the Society's mission. The team, which called itself, "Cancer D-Feet," conducted fundraisers and solicited donations from friends, family, and businesses around the Greater Randolph area, raising $2,614.64. The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is a life-changing event that gives people in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. All Cancer D-Feet team members have loved ones battling cancer or have lost a loved one to this terrible disease. "This is a significant event that gives people a chance to make a difference in the battle against cancer," said Rick Anzaldua, "it was a great experience."
The theme for this year's Relay event was "Changing the Channels on Cancer". Each team chose a TV show as a theme. Team Cancer D-Feet chose the show Scrubs with each member dressing the part. This year's Relay was held at Steele High School in Cibolo, TX. The Relay started at 7pm Friday, May 7, 2010 and continued through 7am Saturday, May 8, 2010. Because cancer never sleeps, relays are held overnight for a period of 12 hours. Each team has a member walking the track at all times during the Relay.
As part of the Relay, luminarias were lit in a ceremony to honor and remember loved ones who are battling cancer or who have passed on due to cancer. At the request of team Cancer D-Feet, a luminaria was lit in honor of Mr. Michael Yates, a USAISR employee recently diagnosed with gastric cancer. "Cancer is an insidious disease that affects millions. Despite that, progress is being made and fundraisers such as this are key to keeping research moving forward," said Cancer D-Feet Team member, Laura Van Gilder.
Relay organizers selected Team Cancer D-Feet as the team with the best relay baton, which was a four foot tall wooden syringe that each member carried during their laps around the track. In addition, each team member received a $25 gift certificate to Red Robin for being the first team to raise $2,500. They also received the award for raising the most money out of the "Relay for Life of Greater Randolph" area.