Relay for Life teams gear up

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

An informational meeting was hosted by Relay for Life organizers on Tuesday for interested parties who wished to learn more about the upcoming relay that will be held Feb. 16-17 at the Greyhound Arena.
Portales Schools Central Office team captain Connie Duran shared a few facts about her team which has participated in the relay since its inception in 2000.

Team name: Life’s a Beach

Average number of teammates: 10-12

Returning teammates: 8

“We all work well together.”

Money raised last year: “Almost $1,000”

Fund-raisers: 50-50 raffle, chain links, luminarias

Entertainment: Limbo — “They (participants) really love it.”

Campsite: Hawaiian theme, complete with leis, umbrella, beach towels, chairs and tiki torches.

Why: Team member Joletha Heflin is a cancer survivor and the team dedicates their time to her every year.

According to Duran, she has felt the relay has been a neat way to promote the American Cancer Society. Not only has a co-worker been afflicted with the disease, but also a family member.

Quotable: “I love to do it (the relay). The reason I do is because my step-father has gotten cancer twice,” said Duran.

“You never know what will happen in the future,” said Duran.

Need help?: Debbie Stenstrom of the Portales High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America will be available from 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Do Drop In, 211 South Ave. A., to answer questions, address concerns or to help participating teams.