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This year’s Relay for Life event will be held June 7 at Rogier Park in Vandalia. The fundraiser to fight cancer largely consists of teams made up of concerned and caring individuals, many of whom are inspired to join a team because their lives have been touched by cancer.
Nine members of the Vandalia Day Unit of the Fayette County Home and Community Education have formed a team to help in the fight against cancer.
The “HCE Honeys” all have been touched by cancer in some way with the loss or illness of a loved one, family, friend, neighbor or co-worker, or are survivors themselves.
They are selling cutlery and are also holding a chili supper and cake walk, and selling tickets for a handmade quilt and a basket of “kitchen goodies,” with all of the proceeds going to Relay for Life.
These ladies are getting an early start on the fundraising with their chili supper, to be held this Saturday at the Vandalia Eagles Club, with serving to begin at 6 p.m.
The Honeys team includes Anita Smith, Ashley Davis, Amy Hall, Carol Bridges, Brittany Nichols, Donna Blair, Tammy England, Janice Evans and Debbie Segrest, the Fayette County HCE officer of cultural enrichment, and organizer of the group.
The common thread of the ladies of different walks of life is the Vandalia Day HCE Unit (which meets monthly), their willingness to help with HCE projects and their personal contacts with cancer.
Smith has a young great-granddaughter who is fighting cancer;
Davis, Nichols and Segrest each has family members fighting lung, prostate or bladder cancer, and they have also lost family in the fight.
Segrest, Hall, England and Blair have all lost loved ones to cancer.
Blair, Bridges and Hall, are cancer survivors, and Janice Evans has a daughter who is a survivor.