The Ripley County Relay for Life’s theme this year is “Finish the Fight.”
“We want this to be the last decade that cancer exists without a cure,” report co-chairs Jeni Schnebelt, Cross Plains, and Ronda Linkel, Batesville.
Area citizens are welcome to scope out the annual event, which takes place Saturday, June 21, at 8 a.m. through Sunday, June 22, at 8 a.m. at the Batesville High School track.
“We currently have 31 teams registered, but would like to see that number grow before June 21. It is not too late to create a team and begin fundraising,” Schnebelt reveals.
This is her third year chairing the event for Ripley County, “but I have been involved for about 15 years in other capacities .... Initially, I got involved when living in Virginia Beach. A co-worker and I created a new relay team in support and honor of one of our co-workers who had cancer. He passed about two years later, but she and I continued to co-captain that team for many years.”
Linkel started as a team captain for the local event, and then joined the committee as accounting chair. “I got involved 16 years ago, right after the first Relay for Life of Ripley County, to walk in memory of my mom, Carol Obermeyer, who passed away at the age of 37 from leukemia. We now walk for all of our family members that have lost the battle to cancer and those that continue to fight the fight. This year, I will be walking with a heavy heart for my dear friend, Mark Eckstein, who lost his battle on May 13.”
There will be 24 hours of activities for all ages to participate in at the weekend event, including a full schedule of live entertainment, silent and purse auctions, Little Mr. and Miss Relay, onsite fundraisers, great food, bone marrow drive sponsored by Margaret Mary Health Foundation, two-hour Zumbathon event and martial arts demonstration.