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Friday, 14 July 2017 11:33


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New movement seeks to drive cancer out with awareness campaign



By ROBERT PIERCE

• Leader & Times



Caitlyn Carlile is an eighth grader, and at a young age, she already realizes the impact cancer has on a life.

Carlile’s grandmother passed away a few years ago and encouraged the youngster to start a Relay For Life team.

This is Carlile’s third year to have a Relay For Life team, and each year thus far, the team has raised more than $1,000 for the event.

“Our team is ‘Springs For a Cure,’” said Carlile’s mother, Stacy. 

In the first two years, Caitlyn used fundraisers such as bake sales and car washes, and this year, she has added a new way to raise money for cancer research.

Many organizations use the now common fundraiser of putting flamingos in people’s yards, with the resident paying money to have the birds removed.

Caitlyn’s newest fundraiser is similar to that particular one, using tires instead of flamingos.

“They put the tires in your yard and ask for a donation to move them,” said Relay For Life Senior Community Manager Jamie Parkinson. “They move the tires daily.”

Stacy said the first effort for the “Tired of Cancer” fundraiser started near the end of June and will end this weekend. 

“We’ve not been doing it too terribly long,” she said. “Chance’s Service Center, they donated the tires to us. We got them painted, and one of our team members made up the signs for us. A couple of our team members made the form up that we leave at the houses. We’re going to probably end this fundraiser this weekend with the event, but as a team, I think we’re planning on doing it again next year. We’re going to start it a lot sooner, probably in April, May next year.”

Parkinson agreed, saying she believes the fundraiser will continue.

“Next year, they plan on getting started earlier and running at least two sets of tires,” she said.

With the tire fundraiser now seemingly a part of the Carliles’ fundraising efforts, both Caitlyn and Stacy said their existing events would likely continue as well.

A car wash was part of last year’s efforts. Stacy said the team was unable to do that event this year, but between the car wash an idea she saw on Pinterest, she came up with the plan to do the tire fundraiser.

“We thought it would be fun,” she said. “We’ve really enjoyed doing it. The houses that we’ve been to, we’ve had a good response from them. A lot of them have said they are doing this in honor of someone that they know they’ve lost to cancer, or they pass it on to a friend that has battled cancer and won the battle. We’ve had a good response from it, so that’s why we think we want to do it again next year.”

Stacy said the fundraiser has been just as much fun as both she and Caitlyn had expected, and the mother emphasized the team will continue to raise money through other efforts.

“We’ve enjoyed this,” she said. “We’ve done bake sales every year. We’ll continue with the bake sales. We sell the luminary bags. We decorate those and bring those out the night of relay.”

Raising more than $1,000 does require much effort, and Stacy described some of the work Caitlyn’s team has done to get that much money.

“We’ve gone out and tried to get business sponsors,” she said. “We actually raise quite a bit with the bake sales we’ve had. This one has been a good one. The tires have been a good fundraiser for us.”

As would likely be expected, those receiving the tires in their yard have been amused, Stacy said.

“They’ve laughed,” she said. “I’ve had phone calls where they’ve asked a little bit more information about what the tires are and what we’re representing. It’s been an opportunity to explain what relay is and how the American Cancer Society can help. A lot of people are passing on the tires to someone they know who has had cancer and has beat the disease or in honor of someone that they’ve lost.”

The tires used for the fundraiser look similar to those placed on most cars and pickups. Stacy said the weight of the tires and the summer heat have made moving the wheels a little difficult, but the move does go pretty quick.

“Throw them in the back and go,” she said.

With the wheels being a common size, Stacy said little in the way of tools are needed to move them.

“No just Caitlyn,” she said jokingly. “They’re not that big, but they’re pretty heavy.”

The Seward County Relay For Life will take place this weekend, and Stacy is encouraging everyone to come out to Light Park and enjoy the fun.

“Just come out and enjoy relay, a good Saturday,” she said. “There’ll be lots of activities, lots of food. We’re excited.”

 

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