Teams gear up for Relay

With the Auglaize County Relay for Life only eight weeks away, team captains are working at full force preparing for the special day.

Relay for Life is scheduled to be held Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds, and team captain Kim Klingler and her team, TSC Purple Stars, are creating a tribute book, The Greater Auglaize County Tribute Book, which will be available for sale at the event.

“This is the first year we are producing a memory book with the help of many local businesses and individuals,” Klingler said. “A business can place an ad to show their support of Relay for Life. An individual can pay tribute to a special person who has been affected by cancer. There are several ways individuals can honor or support someone who has dealt with, or is currently dealing with cancer.”

Individuals can place tribute ads such as “in memory of,” “in honor of,” “encouragement,” and survivors can place “thank you” ads to thank their caregivers, family, and friends for their support and encouragement. 

The message can be as personal as the individual would like it to be.  

“The prices are very affordable and the individual ad prices range from $5 to $50,” Klingler said. “Business prices range from $10 to $150.”

This book will be available at the TSC offices and at the Relay for Life event.

“Unfortunately, cancer is never going away,” Klingler said. “I don’t know anyone that hasn’t been affected by cancer.”

This will be Klingler’s 12th year participating in Relay for Life, and her second year as being a team captain.

Being a breast cancer survivor, Klingler said she will do anything she can to find a cure.

“I’ve been doing Relay for Life for 12 years, never thinking it (cancer) would happen to me,” Klingler said. “You never know how it will affect you, your family or friends.”

Joanne Sidener, team captain of Team Girl Scouts Patch Out Cancer, is currently working on educating local Girl Scouts about cancer, along with raising money for the cause.

“We are going to get the girls involved, and they will be there setting up luminarias,” Sidener said. “We’re looking forward to getting the girls involved.”

The younger Girl Scouts will be putting tea lights in the luminarias and the older Girl Scouts will be helping set up the luminarias, and all of the girls will participate by walking a few laps during the event.

The Girl Scouts, who range from five to 12 years of age, and Sidener, along with other team members comprised of parents of the scouts, are hosting a speaker from the American Cancer Society. The speaker plans to talk to the girls about cancer and Relay for Life.

A few fundraisers that Sidener’s team is working on are selling chicken dinners on May 20 at the American Legion in Wapakoneta. They also are selling raffle tickets and hosting a car wash in June to raise funds.

Sidener, who is serving as a team captain for the first time, said Relay for Life has always been something that she wanted to get involved in because she said it’s important to find a cure as soon as possible.

“I lost my mom to cancer in 2000,” Sidener said. “It’s definitely close to my heart.”

Vickie Schaub, who is the team captain for the Team YMCA Cancer Avengers, is busy planning a silent auction, an aerobics day at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA and putting together items that will be available at Relay for Life at her team’s booth.

Schaub, and other instructors at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA are hosting a “Fitness Extravaganza” from 8:15 to 4:45 on May 19.

All aerobics instructors will be giving lessons in cardio kickboxing, cycling, zumba, etc., all day for a flat rate of $20. Individuals may participate in as many different classes as they would like during this day.

“All of the money will go to Relay for Life,” Schaub said.

Schaub, who was recently diagnosed with cancer and went through treatments, has been cancer-free for approximately 18 months.

“I just had my 1-1/2 year checkup, and I am clear to go,” Schaub said. “Cancer can hit anyone at anytime.”

Schaub, who is a water aerobics instructor and lifeguard for the Wapakoneta Family YMCA, said her colleagues and students were supportive of her during this time — and support is a big thing when it comes to battling cancer, and raising funds to find a cure.”

“For me, I’m a healthy person, I work out regularly, and it hit me,” Schaub said.

Relay for Life not only raises money for cancer research, but it also provides outreach programs for cancer victims, including transportation to and from a treatment, information and survivors giving support to recently diagnosed cancer patients on what they will be going through.

“To me, it’s been so important to have someone there for you,” Schaub said. “I’ve got such a great support system. People need to come out and support because just to see the support is so overwhelming.”