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June 13, 2002

Relay gratitude

The fifth annual Relay for Life has come and gone, but not without the courage and determination of a wonderful community pulling together to mend the broken hearts and celebrate with the winners. You have again out-done yourselves by reaching an incredible amount of funds raised. Our total as of Tuesday, June 11, is $55,915.

A great big thank you to the participants, committee members, team captains, and friends and family who worked so hard getting the track ready for the event. We are so fortunate to have such a great facility available to us. And to the corporate sponsors, there just aren't words to share our gratitude.

Our ACS Income Development specialists are always at our beck and call when we need them. To thema big round of applause.

Another relay is over and now we'll begin anew to strive for a cure, our dream for the future.

With much gratitude, we remain

Yours for the "Cure,"

Judi O'Grady,

Eudora Relay for Life chairman

Robyne Pippert,

Eudora Relay for Life co-chair


Small town, big heart

To the entire Eudora community:

To all of you community members who joined over 300 participants at the fifth annual Relay for Life in Eudora last Friday night, we thank you for your attendance at this event. The relay, which is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, could not happen except for the monetary, both corporate and individual, and the volunteer support of the entire community.

While this year's relay was dedicated to the memory of Brooke O'Grady, who was an inspiration to so many, we also want to acknowledge and support others of our community who suffer from cancer. We did so by honoring over 76 survivors at this year's relay.

In the past five years, the relay has grown to include more corporate sponsors, more committee members, more teams, more volunteers and more survivors from Eudora, as well as surrounding communities. For this reason, it has become an almost impossible task to include a personal thank you to everyone involved, and we also run the risk of not including someone. Therefore, we are extending the invitation to anyone who helped put this incredible event together to stand now, pat yourself on the back, and know that you were part of a job well done.

To all who attended, we hope you were touched by the personal nature of the relay. For each person who is involved, there is a story and it is those stories of courage and perseverance, on the part of the survivors and their families that keep those of us who work for this cause returning each year. To the families of the newly deceased members of the relay, especially the O'Grady, Cawley and Scott families, we extend our sympathy and continue our dedication to the relay in their memory.

Thanks, Eudora. For such a small town, you have a very large heart.

The Eudora Relay for Life Committee

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