DELPHOS — A little rain didn’t dampen the Relay spirit during the
13th annual local event Friday evening. With six hours on the clock,
hundreds of Relayers filled the cafeteria, halls and gymnasium at
Jefferson High School for what American Cancer Society Community Manager
Jamie Orozco has dubbed a “hugely successful event.”
we had to move indoors, the feedback was great. It’s good to have the
option. It’s a huge benefit so we don’t have to cancel and the teams
that work hard to bring fundraisers can still earn their money,” Orozco
said. “We kept everyone engaged and it ran very smoothly.”
and food choices lined the outside walls of the cafeteria and survivors
were still the main focus. While the weather did keep some at home, more
than 35 survivors walked the first lap and enjoyed goodie bags, snacks
The evening ended with $64,000 of the $73,000
goal raised. Numerous teams and other fundraisers have yet to turn in
money. Funds can be donated to this year’s event until Aug. 31.
K&M Tire team Kruisin’ for a Miracle, raised more than $28,000 this
year with a little help from a corporate match. The team earned Emerald
status, the second awarded in Delphos.
While the goal is to raise
money, bringing awareness and support for the disease is just as
important for Relay. Committee member Sandy Suever said she enjoyed the
Relay just as much as she has in the past and was humbled by so many
experiences. She gave and example of one to The Delphos Herald.
had a little girl come up to me and give me a roll of money. She said
she wanted to give something to Relay so she sold bookmarks,” Suever
said. “She is just a kid and she knows how important this is.”
Paige Mericle, 9, made the bookmarks using cardboard and duct tape and sold the to neighbors.
“My mom took the rest to work and the people she works with bought them,” Mericle said.
At her tender age, Mericle had already experienced cancer through her father and uncle.
dad had cancer and my Uncle Dan had cancer,” Mericle said. “My dad
survived but my uncle didn’t. It was scary. If the doctors get enough
money, maybe they can find a cure. I just wanted to do something.”
Mericle is the daughter of Mark and Julia Mericle and is a student at Franklin Elementary.