Fishing for a Cure held at Rock Creek Park

Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Under the watchful eye of Relay for Life team member Sandra Chambers, Chandler Burrow, 5, aims for the hoop.

A Lewisburg church on Saturday raised money to underwrite cancer research.

"Cancer affects everyone directly or indirectly," commented Greg Donahue, one of the organizers of the event, along with his wife Alice. "I'd like to see a cure in my lifetime."

First Baptist Church's Relay for Life team conducted the "Fishing for a Cure" festival at Rock Creek Park. The American Cancer Society was the beneficiary.

Brother Tom Dumser of First Baptist Church gets soaked for a good cause on Saturday during the Fishing for a Cause festival.

Fifteen team members plus their spouses and family members put on a family-friendly event including food, baked goods, games, karaoke, a cookie walk and a balloon toss game.

Vivian and Jim Spires helped coordinate the festival and Vivian had her hands full with the food and baked goods tables.

"Most who are involved in Relay have a family member or friend who's had cancer," she said.

Other team members from the survivor's group conducted a car wash at the NAPA parts store on Saturday, according to Vivian Spires. She says the team has grown and enjoyed a great deal of support.

Relay for Life will be held June 15-16 at the Marshall County Expo Center and is designed to bring together those who have been touched by cancer. At the event, participants celebrate survivorship and raise money to help the American Cancer Society in its mission to save lives, help those who have been touched by cancer, and empower individuals to fight back.

For more information visit or call 1-800-227-2345. The amount of money raised by the event last Saturday was not immediately known.