Spotlighting survivors

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Cancer survivors were called by name to the front of the auditorium at the Crowder College Cassville Campus before the beginning of the indoor luminaria ceremony, which featured glo sticks instead of candles. The ceremony marked the culmination of the local Relay for Life event, which centered on the survivors' dinner this year. Photo by Dianne Shiveley

Local cancer survivors were at the center of the celebration during Saturday night's Relay for Life event in Cassville.

Nearly 100 people came together at the Crowder College Cassville Campus community building to attend a special survivors dinner.

Event co-chairmen Desiree Corn and Tiffanie Holman were very pleased with the event, which featured an indoor luminaria ceremony, entertainment by Southern Cross and dinner prepared by various community groups and churches.

"This year, we had a hard time recruiting teams and volunteer help," said Corn, who served on the local Relay committee with Holman, Vickie Patterson, Nema McCullah, Dede Brock and Mindy Ross.

"We chose to make the survivors' dinner a big deal this year, and next year, we hope to bring the big Relay back," added Corn.

Students representing Cassville High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) group helped serve the survivors and caregivers who attended the dinner.

All food and decorations were provided free by the following churches, businesses and individuals: the Cassville United Methodist Women's Group, Arnhart Baptist Women's Group, Emmanuel Baptist Women's Group, Les Jacobs, John Sullivan, Joyce Cook, Kevin Lingle and J & S Floral.

"It was very nice," said Dianne Shiveley, who attended the dinner with her husband, Mayor Bill Shiveley. "The event was very well organized, and the food was fantastic."

The South Barry County Relay for Life Committee will begin planning for the 2014 event in the next month. Anyone who is interested in getting involved is encouraged to call Corn at 342-5023 or Holman at 847-7183.

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