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MASH Out Cancer team wows Relay for Life event

Crockett Relay Team

Members of the ETMC MASH Out Cancer Team pause for a moment during the festivities held at the Lovelady Football stadium on Friday, May 21. Pictured are B.J. Krenek, Karla Burdette, Julie Smithhart, Lenetha Carter, Charlette Neumeier and Nancy Vickers.

CROCKETT – MASH Out Cancer team members and ETMC Crockett volunteers were out in force Friday night, May 21, for the Annual Relay for Life event held at the Lovelady Football Stadium.

According to Survivor Events Chairman Jennifer Bond, 92 survivors and caregivers participated in the annual “Survivors’ Walk” to kick off the night’s festivities. Mrs. Bond said survivors were treated to a special dinner donated by Don Rafa’s Restaurant following the walk. Many of the survivors returned to the track after dinner and continued to walk. A few even stayed all night. “We were delighted to see that about a dozen more survivors were able to attend this year over last,” she said.

Luminaria Chairman Amanda Pugh said a soft glow generated by 750 luminaria lit the track during the special ceremony honoring those affected by cancer. A poignant mood surrounded the event as each of the names of the honorees was read.

MASH Out Cancer co-captains Karla Burdette and B.J. Krenek said the ETMC team raised $5,533 this year for the American Cancer Society.

The overall event included participation by a total of 19 teams that raised $75,876, which exceeded the 2010 goal for Houston County.

For the hundreds of people attending, there were plenty of activities to enjoy during the all-night event. In the 20-foot MASH Unit tent members of the ETMC team enjoyed games broadcast by KIVY Radio as well as dancing to toe-tapping tunes. For even more fun, attendees had the opportunity to have their hair spray-painted or acquire a temporary tattoo. And, there was plenty of Silly String to go around for that added touch of frivolity.
“Each year employees and volunteers representing ETMC Crockett willingly give of their time and talent to make the hospital’s team one of the event’s most successful,” Mrs. Burdette said.

ETMC staff participating included Survivor Events Chairman Jennifer Bond, MASH Out Cancer Co-captain Karla Burdette, MASH Out Cancer Co-captain BJ Krenek, Carolyn Ramirez, James Platt, Jewell Fennell, Roy Choate, Kalie Kendrick, Charlette Neumeier, Julie Smithhart, Dana Lamb, Kay Hardy, Jessica Hodges, Lindsey Floyd, Heath Bridges, Tammy McCreight, Lenetha Carter, Kim Burris, Terry Cutler, Terri Cutler, Garrett Lamb, Chastity LeBlanc, and Nancy Vickers.

Mrs. Krenek said, “I have been involved with Relay for Life for the past four years. Each year members of the ETMC staff make a significant contribution to this worthwhile cause and I am delighted to be part of that team.”

Among the winners of the MASH Out Cancer baskets were Darlene Taylor, Carolyn Ramirez, Lisa Cathey, Judy Skalicky, Cindy Delarosa and Melissa Fennel.

Originally posted April 30 2010