Relay Dinner Celebrates Life With Survivors

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Greene Publishing, Inc.
Earlier this month, the Relay for Life in Madison organization held their annual Survivor Dinner, to honor and celebrate those people in Madison whose lives have been touched by cancer. The room held more than its share of survivors, but also caregivers made up of family and friends, who was recognized for their support of the survivors.
One Madison resident, James Anderson, was present with his son, James Anderson, Jr., and signifies the reason for the dinner. Anderson was born and raised in Madison, worked at Madison County Central School for 36 years, then at the Apalachee Center for 26 years before retiring. He married and raised a family here. Anderson was diagnosed with prostate cancer over nine years ago, but today is cancer-free. He said he was supported by his family and friends in the community and stated, “They never let me get down. All my family and friends helped me through it.”
Residents such as Anderson, is why the dinner is part of the Relay for Life campaign, currently underway, to celebrate survivors, along with their supporters and to remind everyone the reason for the hard work and dedication when raising funds for the American Cancer Society.
The evening began with Margie Evans sharing her story of cancer, taking guests on her journey of stage three lymphoma, from diagnosis to today’s healing. Her words were encouraging and the crowd was attentive as she spoke to survivors and caregivers about her faith and expectation of healing. She also acknowledged her need for the support of family, friends and church and how important they were to her recovery. Evans said there were times through her treatments, she would be too weak to get herself a glass of water or to even pray and was thankful for all those who stepped in to cover her when she couldn’t do these things on her own. After speaking, Evans’ husband, Charles, took the podium and briefly spoke about his journey with Margie before saying a prayer for the evening and dinner.
The Madison County High School Jazz Band provided some great music and played through most of the evening as guests enjoyed a delicious dinner, provided by local businesses. After dinner and much socializing, Relay for Life co-chairs, Renae Williams and Nancy Taylor, along with a few other Relay team members, passed out the plethora of door prizes to the crowd, also donated by local businesses.
The guests appeared to have a good time and light hearted as the night drew to a close. Part of the success, said Williams, was the generosity and support received from the community by way of food, gifts, donations and time and requested they receive the recognition they deserved.
Sponsors who donated, and ensured there was an event:
  • *Food: Jayson’s Heating and A/C, chicken; Ken’s BBQ, coleslaw; L & W, sausage; The Muffin Man, tea; O’Neals, beans; Pam Nobles, cake; Shelby’s Restaurant, squash casserole.
  • *Food Preparation: Justin Burt and family.
  • *Donations: Agner Farms.
  • *Helping Hands Where Needed: Amanda Mason and Celeste Fleming.
  • *Door Prizes: Burger King, Busy Bee, Curves, Dollar General, Farm Bureau, Harvey’s, The Marketplace, Red Barn and Winn Dixie.
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Rose Klein

Written by Rose Klein