Garfield County Relay For Life organizers honored |

Garfield County Relay For Life organizers honored

Heidi Rice
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Theresa Hamilton has been with the Rifle Relay For Life for the past seven years.

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” Two local organizers of the Relay For Life fundraisers in Garfield County, along with the community members who participated, are being honored with an award for raising the most money in their ranking for 2008.

Julia Spencer of Glenwood Springs, chairperson for the Roaring Fork Valley chapter, said she is extremely proud of all the community efforts.

Relay For Life is a national organization that seeks to raise money for cancer research.

Spencer has been involved with Relay For Life since 1992 throughout the country and has been the event chairperson in Garfield County since 2008.

While she hasn’t dealt with cancer herself, she says the disease has touched those around her.

“Cancer has just had such a huge effect on my family and friends,” Spencer said. “Just when you think you don’t know someone who has it, you do.”

Along with Spencer, Theresa Hamilton of Rifle has run the Rifle Relay for Life for several years.

Hamilton has been involved with Relay For Life in Rifle for the past seven years ” the last four as the chairperson.

“I originally got involved because my friends asked me to,” Hamilton said. “They asked me to be on their team, and it seemed like a fun way to get involved.”

Hamilton moved from team member to team captain and then to chairperson for the local event.

“The more I got involved, the more passion I felt about it,” she admitted. “I’m not a cancer survivor and I don’t have any immediate family members with cancer, but this has been a life-changing experience.”

Between the two events in Rifle and Carbondale, the Garfield County Relay For Life event raised more than $281,000 in the category of populations between 50,000 and 59,999.

According to Spencer, 97-cents of every dollar donated goes to the American Cancer Society for research, education, advocacy and local research and programs.

The relays are held in the summer months ” the Rifle relay in June and the Roaring Fork Valley relay in Carbondale in August.

Preparations are being made now for the upcoming relays in 2009, and those interested in forming teams or making donations are encouraged to contact Spencer at 948-6350 or at or Hamilton at 379-4942 or at http://www.riflerelay. com.

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