June 20 Relay For Life--Speedway Raises over $26,000 and keeps on going…
by Christie Manion


The 2008 Relay For Life of Speedway is in the record books and the entire RFL Committee would like to thank everyone who helped make this event so successful. 16 teams participated in the 24 hour event held June 20 and 21 at Speedway Jr. High School. A total of 180 walkers raised over $26,000. Steve Arisman and Doug Ashton, Committee Co-Chairmen remind everyone that fundraising continues until August 31, so there's still time to help make a difference in the fight against cancer.

2008 Committee Members included co-Chairmen Steve Arisman and Doug Ashton, Doug also worked with Sharon Ronan and Stacey Hissong on Survivorship; Team Development members were Kelly Spector, Jen Means, Karen May and Jeanan Slusher; Ruth Siegfried handled Logistics, and Sarah Gibson was in charge of Luminaria. Jim and Joan Pea, Sibylle Walker and Amy Hannah were in charge of activities; they did a great job of making it a fun 24 hours. Bethe Arisman and Sharon Zishka were the keepers of Registration and Bev Gamblin was Mission Delivery Specialist. Big thanks to committee members for another excellent event!

This was the 2nd annual RFL Speedway and the weather cooperated to make it a great 24 hours of fun. Rowdy, the Indianapolis Indians Mascot visited and several bands played including Pocket Full of Grove and Marvelous Mary & Chicago George Band. Barb Lawrence, Speedway Town Manager, thanked everyone for participating at the opening ceremonies then 21 Speedway cancer survivors walked the Survivor Lap together. As the sun set, 426 luminaries were lit and lined the entire ¼ mile track until dawn. The luminaria were in celebration of those who have won the battle with cancer and also in memory of those we've lost. All 426 names were read aloud then all participants took to the track for a silent lap. It was incredibly moving.

There was lots of fun and food during the 24 hours. Dawson's on Main was on hand Friday evening and Saturday morning for pulled pork (the best pulled pork on the Westside) and hot dogs and other goodies. There were bedtime stories for the kids, movies in the survivor tent and fun laps like the 11 pm Mummy lap where each team wrapped a member in toilet paper for a lap as a mummy.

The fundraising for 2008 is not over. The Relay For Life of Speedway Golf Outing will be held on Monday, August 11, 11 am, at South Grove Golf Course, 1800 W 18th Street. Entry fee is $60 which includes green fees, a golf cart and lunch. Is there a better way to celebrate the children going back to school than coming out, playing golf and supporting cancer research? Mark your calendars and call to reserve your spot. To sign up, or if you have any questions, please contact Steve Arisman, 361-3375, RUCCURE@aol.com. Please watch this spot for more information as it becomes available.