People constantly ask us: Why do you relay? When do you sleep? Who helps you? Do you ever slow down? Do you ever see your family? Most of the time we just smile and say, “We’re night owls,” “We’re a little crazy” or sometimes “What were we thinking?” The real answer is simple: We are motivated, dedicated, driven and supported by so many people, starting with our own immediate families. Our families have given of their time and strength to support us and assist in any way they can, giving us up for family gatherings; and when we are together, the conversations are mostly relay-related. Without the support of our families, we could not possibly have chaired relay this year.


People constantly ask us: Why do you relay? When do you sleep? Who helps you? Do you ever slow down? Do you ever see your family? Most of the time we just smile and say, “We’re night owls,” “We’re a little crazy” or sometimes “What were we thinking?” The real answer is simple: We are motivated, dedicated, driven and supported by so many people, starting with our own immediate families. Our families have given of their time and strength to support us and assist in any way they can, giving us up for family gatherings; and when we are together, the conversations are mostly relay-related. Without the support of our families, we could not possibly have chaired relay this year.



Sisters-in-law, both sharing the same name “Stephanie,” has been slightly confusing to many, comical at times and, no matter where we have been, if you hear the words “Stephanie” or “Relay” one of us always answered. We go together like peas in a pod, white on rice, duck on a June bug, you get the picture. Stephanie Hollis, the quiet one, always hands-on, taking notes, organizing, watching and listening, never stressing and always knows what to do and when to do it. Stephanie Ottaway, the loud one, talkative, authoritative, planner, promoter and delegator, always the one that grabs the microphone and sometimes stressing badly. The two of us have worked and planned together with a goal to turn the Pender Relay back into a festive, fun, family event. The year of planning will soon pay off when all of Pender County comes together to enjoy relay and CELEBRATE, REMEMBER, FIGHT BACK on May 3.



Active in Pender Relay since 2007 when invited to speak about a family member, then 5-year-old Emily Hollis and her cancer journey, Stephanie and Stephanie were moved by the camaraderie among fellow relayers. Relay brings people together through education, sharing stories, uplifting spirits, sharing tears and so much more. It gets in your blood to eradicate this horrible disease called cancer. Without the valuable research, clinical trials and medical advancements that are funded through the American Cancer Society, there would not be 400 more birthdays celebrated every day. Our own families have been touched by cancer in far too many ways. anaplastic medulloblastoma, breast cancer, squamous cell, squamos cell carcinoma, prostate cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, skin cancer, lung cancer — just to name a few, yet way too many. Therefore, we continue to fight and raise money. It is our way of helping to find a cure!



The highlight of our year has been the Survivor Dinner, held on April 27 at Hampstead United Methodist Church. Over 165 survivors and caregivers enjoyed a two-hour dinner with entertainment, survivor speakers, pictures made in a “groovy” van, gifts and more. Nothing will touch your heart more seeing a room full of survivors who have fought and won their battle, and to hear from those who are currently fighting will make you want to do more to end this dreadful disease. Peace, Hope and A Cure is the relay theme this year, and if you liked the 60s and 70s eras, you will definitely love relay this year!



 We encourage everyone to join with us in this fight. It takes many dedicated volunteers to produce an event of this proportion. Our 2013 goal was to have 40 teams and 350 participants between two events: Bark For Life of Pender County (where our dogs walked and raised money for cancer research) and our Relay For Life of Pender County, with a combined county goal of $87,500. To date, just a few days from our Relay event on May 3, we have 36 Relay Teams, 5 Bark Teams, more than 460 participants and approximately $64,000 toward our financial goal. A great big THANK YOU to all the teams and volunteers for their many hours of dedicated fundraising, attending meetings, and never losing sight to CELEBRATE, REMEMBER, FIGHT BACK.



 



2013 Relay For Life of Pender County SPONSORS



L & L Tent Rentals



Duke Energy



Pender-Topsail Post & Voice



Star News



Island Family Medicine



Topsail Advertiser



Topsail News Online



Realo Discount Drugs



Bryson & Associates, Inc



Four County Electric Membership Corporation



KIXX Outfitters



Coastal Bounce



Max’s Pizza



VuFinder Photo-Graphics



J & S Custom Photography



Olde Point Golf & Country Club



Canady & Son Exterminating, Inc.



Farm Bureau, Burgaw



Farm Bureau, Hampstead



First Federal



Campbell Propane



Seashore Realty Group, Inc.



Lewis Realty Associates, Inc.



Hampstead Auto Center



Woodmen of the World



Wall to Wall Cabinetry



Teresa Batts Real Estate, Inc.



Hampstead United Methodist Church



Waste Management



Engleses Italian Restaurant



Island Delights



Landmark Real Estate Group



Topsail High School



Hampstead Detachment 1321, Marine Corps League



Emily’s Encouragers



Topsail Realty Inc.



Bone Tired



Four Paws & Claws



Topsail Animal Hospital



Pups Play & Stay / Elite Pups Spa & Boutique



Sunsational Rentals



Me & Mom Cleaning



Olde Anchor Building Company, Inc.



Surf City Pet Hospital



 



 



 



2013 Relay For Life of Pender County – Event Schedule (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)



         Friday, May 3rd



                     6 p.m.              Opening Ceremonies



                                             Survivors Lap



                                             Caregivers Lap



                                             Team Lap



                                             Kids Walk Lap



                                             Guardian of the Ribbon Pink Firetruck on display until 9 p.m.



                     6:30 p.m.          Food sales begin



                     7 – 8:30 p.m.    Kids Activities



                                             South Topsail Elementary Chorus



                                             “Forever Young” Dance Express



                                             *Bounce Houses remain open until 11 p.m.*



                     7 – 8:30 p.m.    Annandale Heights band        



                     8 p.m.              Pirate Lap – Show your PIRATE pride or walk the plank



                     9 p.m.              Luminaria Ceremony



         10 p.m. – midnight       Razing Kings band



10 p.m.                         Dance Lap & Frozen T-Shirt Contest



10:15 p.m.                    Mad for Plaid Lap



10:30 p.m.                    Old Relay T-shirt Lap



11 p.m.                         Prom Night Lap



Saturday, May 4th



                     midnight          Road to Recover Race (2 participants/vehicle – make your car)



                     12:45 a.m.        Cake walk (we need cakes)



                      1 a.m.              Project Relay Runway



                      2 a.m.              Scavenger hunt



                      2:30 a.m.         Pajama Lap



                      3 a.m.              80’s / Big Hair Lap



                      4 a.m.              Cake walk



                      4:30 a.m.         Crazy Hat lap



                      5 a.m.              Beach / Hawaiian lap



                      6 a.m.              Cock a Doodle Doo!



                      6:30 a.m.         Simon Says lap



                      7 a.m.              Block out cancer lap (sunglasses, hat, sunscreen required)



                      7:30 a.m.         Christmas in May



                      8 a.m.              Purple passion lap (crazy purple attire required)



                      8:15 a.m.         Zumba



                      9 a.m.              Fight back ceremony



                     10 a.m.             Trash lap



                     11:30 a.m.        Raffle winners / closing remarks



                     Noon                Final lap – everyone on track