Archive for Thursday, March 24, 2005

Relay’s success not measured by past results

March 24, 2005

Two months ago, the Eudora Relay For Life was on life support after its leaders from last year announced they wished to step back from their intense involvement with the annual fund-raiser. For a time, there was talk the event might not even happen this year and that the Eudora relay might be a victim of its own success, like those precocious geniuses who burn themselves out after a short, brilliant career.

But just as Eric Strimple and Deb Campbell stepped up last year to carry on when many of the Eudora event's founding hands stepped away, new leadership has emerged to take on the job of organizing this year's relay. It is a commitment surely made more daunting by the huge success the local Relay For Life has enjoyed.

We suggest the new leadership use the past success as a marketing tool to encourage participation while not feeling compelled to fully duplicate results. It is difficult to believe volunteers can indefinitely sustain that momentum in a community this size. It just takes too much work from too many of the same people.

The underlying motive for the fund-raiser is deadly serious, and many of its participants are driven by a personal experience. But it has also always been fun and enjoyable, which should bring many back to Laws Field this year. Volunteering to organize a spirited event that raises awareness of cancer and provides money for support and research is a worthy endeavor that should be praised. That work shouldn't be burdened with expectations from past success.

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