Relay for Life to debut in the sping in Quay County

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS

It’s been pounding pavement across New Mexico — and the world — for years. It’s raised more than $1.5 billion. It helps save lives. And now it’s coming to Quay.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is making its debut in Quay County this April, with a Relay Rally informational meeting scheduled for noon on Jan. 6 at Mesalands Community College’s room A121.

“It is a very important meeting,” said Abby Cruz, community relationship manager for the American Cancer Society. “I’m hoping to recruit a bunch of committee members and teams. I really need to get the word out to Quay County that we are having a relay there and we need people involved,” she said.

Off to a running start, Quay County already has an event chairperson, Joseph Marroquin, whose wife is a cancer survivor.

“I feel honored to be a part of an event that has made such a huge difference in the lives of people touched by cancer,” Marroquin said. “Relay for Life has supported some of the most important cancer research and has given people in communities across America, including my wife, a way to show their support for the battle to eliminate cancer.”

Marroquin’s wife is not a lone survivor in the relay, either.

She will be joining an estimated half a million cancer survivors in this year’s relay nationwide, with a grand total of more than three million expected to participate, according to a release from the American Cancer Society.

Not only does the overnight tent and camper event raise money, celebrate survivors and band communities throughout the country for a common cause, Cruz said it’s a lot of fun.

Last year’s relay in Clovis, for instance, included regular laps by the more than 70 teams, a scavenger hunt, live and DJ music, yoga at dawn and awards for the best campsite décor, banners and the annual Ms. Relay Contest – “open to those who have tattoos or facial hair,” said Dorothy Nelson, the American Cancer Society’s community relations manager for southeastern New Mexico.

Although Quay’s relay is in its beginning stages, Cruz said she is hoping to drum up the support and volunteers necessary to make it equally as successful and enjoyable.

Anyone wishing to volunteer or interested in forming a team to participate in the event can attend the Relay Rally or call Marroquin at 403-5304 or Cruz at 262-6011.
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What: Quay County Relay Rally
When: Noon to 1 p.m. on Jan. 6 (lunch provided)
Where: Mesalands Community College, room A121

For more info. on the rally or to volunteer call:
Joseph Marroquin at 403-5304
Abby Cruz at 262-6011.

For more info. about cancer:
Call (800) ACS-2345
Visit www.cancer.org