Relay for Life combats cancer

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The wind beneath their wings was the Marshall County community spirit last weekend when Relay For Life volunteers celebrated survivors, remembered fallen friends and raised money to combat cancer.

"The county raised more than $46,000," event spokeswoman Kelly Jo Fuller said. "It goes to American Cancer Society research, education, prevention, advocacy patient services and to find a cure for cancer and to help cancer patients."

"Hundreds of volunteers in Marshall County helped make this happen," Fuller said of the relay at the Expo Center on Robin Hood Road where singer-songwriter Gary Morris made the all-nighter special.

Morris may be best known for "Wind Beneath Between My Wings." Since 1979, he's performed at the White House, on TV, Broadway and performed with Linda Ronstadt and Crystal Gayle. "Sweet Red Wine" was his first hit single. More recently, he started a sportsman's lodge in Colorado.

"Gary Morris mixed and mingled, signed autographs and was very personable," Fuller said. "I think he felt honored to be there."

Relay for Life teams competed in raising money, Fuller said. OK Tire won by raising more than $10,500 during the year that ended Saturday.

"The excitement was great," said Tammy Grubb, a visitor at the Expo Center where she visited with friends and admired more than 150 luminaries.

County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett attended to honor dozens of cancer survivors - guests at the event - and celebrate the lives of those who've passed, he said.