Relay for Life: Cancer survivors to be honored at dinner and relay, register now to reserve a t-shirt and medal

Survivors we want to celebrate you…, all cancer survivors are invited to register for the upcoming 2020 Relay For Life to reserve their survivor T-Shirt and survivor medal. The Relay will be on the evening of Saturday, April 25 from 5-11 p.m., on the MV Track but the survivor dinner will be inside on Sunday, April 19 from 2-4 p.m. at the air conditioned building the Braden Keller Center in Castroville.
“This year’s theme is “2020 Vision See The Cure”.

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Upcoming Fundraiser
Bunco for the Cure Feb. 29
Bunco for the Cure on Saturday, February 29th with us at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Hall in La Coste, Texas hosted by the OLG Relay For Life Team. Enjoy snacks, fun, end of night prizes and a silent auction.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and play begins at 7:00.Tickets are $25, and $30 at the door. BYOB, no glass containers allowed. Adults only. Contact Clara Zinsmeyer at 210-416-7621 for tickets or further information.
Survivors Wanted
To register simply go to Survivors and caregivers who don’t have access to a computer can call Rita Vance 210-260-4686, Linda Butler 830-931-4766, or Survivor Chair Frances Saucedo 210-723-3225.
All survivors who register early are guaranteed a purple survivor shirt and beautiful medal in their honor. We will make sure you get a personal invite to the dinner to remind you of the date if the committee gets your registration early by March 1. We want to celebrate you! You are the stars of our Relay, the reason we Relay! Please register as early as you can to help us prepare for how much food and goodies we will need for the dinner. As always, a caregiver is also invited to attend with you and enjoy the meal and celebrations, both the day of the dinner and also the day of the Relay. We ask that caregivers to register as well to provide contact information and shirt size.
Survivor Chair is Frances Santos Saucedo. Helping her will be Linda Butler and Rita Vance.
Caregivers Wanted
Caregivers are encouraged to join in and invited to take the caregiver lap together in honor or memory of their loved ones at the Relay. It is the traditional 2nd lap, following the survivor lap which kicks off the event.
Teams Wanted
Teams, we needed you and want you! Let’s round up our friends and get those teams going again. Last year 25 teams bonded together to make the Relay a success. We hope to have those 25 returns and add many more. The sky is the limit. We have plenty of room on the track. Register your team leader today and start recruiting team members. Register online at There is a Medina County in another state, so please be sure to add the tx at the end.
“We encourage businesses to form a team, schools to get the youth engaged and have the different organizations form a team, family and friends of our community form a team in honor of a loved one who has or is battling Cancer. What a great way to honor our loved ones,” said Hargrove.
Photos for Slideshow Wanted
Send us a photo of your survivor or loved one that has survived cancer, is battling it, or is no longer with us. We will feature them during our Luminary Ceremony on the slideshow. Send us the photo, name of the person, whether it’s in honor of or in memory of those gone, and dates if you have them. Definitely make sure to note where it is in memory or in honor of in subject line as well.
Send one photo to: Bianca Sanchez and her sister Leslie have agreed to build the slideshow and serve as Activity Chairs as well again this year.
“Our Slideshow honors our loved ones who have survived this disease and those that are no longer with us. The dedication is such a special and heartfelt part of the evening,” said Hargrove.
Luminaries light the way
Each year luminaries are available for a $5 donation and placed around the track in honor or in memory of a loved one and include a light stick inside it to light up your loved one all night. The beautiful bags surround the track and light the way during the luminary ceremony around 9:00 p.m. during the slideshow.
Luminaries can be purchased from team members or online at tx.
Luminaria Chairs are John and Beth Bauer, Crystal Kempf and Sandy King Keene.
Meeting February 22
Our next meeting is this Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 11:00 am CT at Heavy’s BBQ in Hondo, and then March 21. Bank nights are April 4 and 11 (meeting on 11th as well) . Hope to see new faces there. All are welcome. Come hear what it’s all about!
Committee Members
Medina County 2020 Relay Chair is Pat Hargrove. Accountant is Clara Zinsmeyer. Survivors: Frances Santos Saucedo. Lumaria Chairs: John and Beth Bauer with Cyrstal Kempf and Sandy King Keene. Marketing Chairs: KK Calame with Pauline Calame and Caitlyn Breiten. Survivor Chair is Frances Santos Saucedo. Helping her will be Linda Butler and Rita Vance. Activity Chairs & Slideshow: Bianca and Leslie Sanchez. School Liaison: Suzanne Lee. Hondo Community Engagement: Susie Zerr.
There are still vacancies on the committees if anyone would like to join and help out in that capacity.
Wigs, hats, Resource Room
Medina County has a Cancer Resource room in Hondo maintained by volunteers which offer free items for cancer patients such as beautiful wigs, hats, scarves as well as books and resource information. Contact Rita Vance in Hondo at 210-260-4686 or KK Calame in Devine at 210-215-5712 for an appointment. A volunteer will meet you at the room and help you.
The American Cancer Society provides many resources. Visit for more information.
Imagine a world free from cancer. Help make it happen.
By Kathleen Calame
MC Relay For Life
Marketing Chair

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