Final year for Rifle yard sale benefiting cancer research
Ted’s annual Yard Sale
When: June 3-5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 947 W. Second St., Rifle
For one last time, Cheryl and Ted Morgan will transform the yard surrounding their Rifle home into the site of a large yard sale spanning three days in early June.
The event, known as “Ted’s annual Yard Sale,” has taken place each year for at least the last 13, and grown into a popular event drawing hundreds of people.
During that time, the sale raised tens of thousands of dollars for cancer research through the Relay For Life of the Rifle Area, which is one of more than 5,000 local relay events throughout the globe that raises money for the American Cancer Society. Last year the yard sale in Rifle brought in more than $7,000.
It is a matter that cuts deep for the Morgans — Cheryl being a two-time survivor of breast cancer and having lost a number of friends to cancer.
“Every time you turn around somebody else has it. … We need a cure,” she said of the disease.
Age, though, has not relented and neither have the demands of orchestrating and executing the yard sale, which will take place for the last time June 3-5.
There is some sadness, Cheryl said, but the event is simply too much work.
“We have mixed emotions,” she said. “All of us on the (relay) team have mixed emotions, but I’m not getting any younger and it’s a lot of work. I don’t know how to tell you how much work it is. We work for months.”
During a recent conversation at the couple’s home, Cheryl broke from her train of thought to point out a new item that somebody had left earlier that day while she and Ted were at work. They intend to spend the weekend before the yard sale organizing and sorting through multiple storage sheds filled with miscellaneous items.
You can pretty much find anything you are looking for at the yard sale, Cheryl stated.
The end of the yard sale also marks further cooling of Cheryl’s passionate involvement in the local Relay For Life, which she was first exposed to through her job at Grand River Health about 20 years ago.
That was five or six years before her first cancer diagnosis, which further fueled her passion for the cause.
“I’ve had breast cancer twice. I don’t want it a third time and if I get it a third time I want a cure before then,” she said. “I don’t want to do this a third time. It wasn’t fun the first two times.”
In that regard, Cheryl believes in the American Cancer Society, which uses some of the funds from Relay For Life events to invest in cancer research and education.
Her efforts over the years have earned admiration from those who have volunteered alongside her.
“There is nobody who is more passionate about the cause of finding a cure for cancer, that I know of, than Sheryl Morgan,” said Theresa Hamilton, who chaired the Rifle Relay For Life for years.
During most of her involvement with the relay, Cheryl led a team that she said has never been less than 30 people — local Relay For Life events consist of individual teams that seek sponsorships, in addition to organizing fundraisers. She refrained from leading this year’s team, which is sponsored by Grand River Health. In humble fashion, she credits her numerous teammates over the years for all the success.
The yard sale has evolved since the first year, when it mostly consisted of a few tables in the driveway, Cheryl said.
As Ted explained, the garage sale came about as other fundraisers fell by the wayside. There have been bake sales, yard decorating gimmicks, charitable hair cuts and a duck derby in the Rifle Creek, among others. As support for each of those wanned, new ideas were explored.
Eventually they landed on the idea of a yard sale and named it “Ted’s Yard Sale” because Ted would go fishing in early June, until they conceived the idea of the yard sale.
He does not volunteer, Cheryl jokes, he is “volun-told.”
While the couple is steadfast in making this their final yard sale, Cheryl said she would be happy to help anyone interested in continuing the event — at a different location.
“I’m sad to not do it anymore but it’s been quite a journey,” Cheryl said. “It’s been a fun run.”
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