Dear Editor:

Thank you Carroll and Jo Daviess County Cancer Relay for Life teams! This past Saturday, June 8, was the 18th annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life walk at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church/Antl Hall in Savanna. Over $48,000 has been raised with more donations to come in yet.

Many businesses, organizations and individuals contributed with monetary donations or gave of their time to help with this event. Corporate sponsors included: Kunes Country Auto Group, FHN, Milledgeville State Bank, Savanna-Thomson State Bank, Smith Farming Corporation, TBK Bank, Herman Family, Kempel Urish Construction, Manny's Pizza, Mount Carroll Church of God, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Wursters Sales & Service LLC, Albrecht Motors, Apple River State Bank, Community Bank, and West Point Tree Farm.

Individuals earning the Purple Club ($10,000 and more) was Mary Behan; All-Star Club ($2,500 and more) Bev Lundquist; Grand Club ($1,000 and more) Vicki Prowant, Karen McCarty, Kathy Fossett, Penny Fink, Dawn Dampman and Deb Long.

Team awards included: Jade ($10,000+) What's Trump, Deep Purple Dreams, Albrecht Stars; Silver ($3,500+) MJ's Remembrance, Money Clips; Rising Star ($1,000+) Queenbee's, and Patriots.

Kaydra Heller, mother of 3-year old son Paul who is fighting cancer, shared their story of how their life has changed and how important the simple things can be. A highlight of the evening was the Luminaria Ceremony where the names of over 400 persons were read who have either lost their fight against cancer or are present day survivors. The ceremony was held in the sanctuary of the church which made for a beautiful sight with the luminary bags aglow. The ceremony included prayer by Pastor Niel Shoffner, and Steve Sheffey singing and playing his trumpet interspersed with the reading of the names.

A wrap-up meeting is planned for 6 p.m. Monday, July 8, at Shaw's Express in Mount Carroll. Anyone interested in serving on the committee is invited to attend. If anyone has any suggestions for improvement you may contact any of this year's committee composed of Donna Landis, Janet Barkley, Kris Eden, Bev Lundquist, Karen McCarty, Sheri Traum, Pat Townsend or Cindy Law,

Thank you for joining the American Cancer Society in the quest to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer!

Carroll County Relay for Life