Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

March 27, 2013

HEALTH: Local events raise money to kick cancer

Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — The fight against cancer has gotten a bit more colorful.

“Paint for a Purpose,” scheduled Saturday at the Rusk Civic Center, 555 Euclid, gives artists an opportunity to render a painted keepsake while raising funds for Relay for Life 2013.

“It's the first time we've done painting as a fundraiser,” said event coordinator Kathi Davis. “I have gone to two of (artist Judy Seamonds' painting) parties and the idea came to me.”

As she and Seamonds discussed the event, “we came up with the theme, 'Faith, Hope & Love Crosses,'” Davis said.

Seamonds will lead sessions at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Civic Center and will provide supplies for the event, which is open to participants ages 10 and older.

Cost is $35 per person; participants are asked to RSVP by noon Thursday to Kathi Davis, 903-541-7216, or Amy Derrington, 903-683-5916. The women may also be reached by email, kathi.davis@yahoo.com or mimihd@aol.com.

In addition to the Rusk fundraiser to raise money in the fight against cancer, a county-wide event is planned April 26 in Jacksonville.

The Cherokee County Relay for Life begins at 7 p.m. at Mauldin Field at the Jacksonville High School campus to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Teams will walk throughout the evening as part of “an amazing night when we all work together to fight this dreadful disease," said RFL Chairperson Cynthia Kline. "It's like a giant slumber party. We laugh together and cry together, but most importantly, we're all working together to support the American Cancer Society."

Funds will be used towards cancer research and programs for cancer victims and their families, Kline said.

Cherokee County RFL coordinators also are assembling a cookbook to raise awareness of the illness, and the books will include important cancer facts and information alongside the great recipes received, she said.

Recipes may be emailed to cherokeerelayforlife@yahoo.com.