Clayton Relay fund-raising for a cure

The event is months away but the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Clayton County has already started its fund-raising initiative.

Clayton County Tax Commissioner Terry Baskin said the local relay is selling raffle tickets for $3 each Monday through Friday, until March 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Tax Commissioner’s Office at the Clayton County Administration, Annex 3, located at 121 South McDonough St. in Jonesboro. The nearest cross street is Courthouse Way.

People can purchase a ticket at the office, said Baskin, who is also the honorary chairman for Relay For Life of Clayton County.

“This year we want to raise over $80,000 toward cancer research,” he said.

Baskin explained that last year the goal was $70,000 but the local relay raised $10,000 over that amount.

The raffle will take place on Friday, March 16, at the administration facility and the winner will receive a St. Patrick’s Day gift basket, which is suitable since the holiday is the next day. The basket will contain items such as candles and lotions.

Krystina Kaercher, marketing committee chair for the local relay, said the day of the raffle will also include a bake sale at the lobby of the Tax Commissioner’s Office. People will have an opportunity to purchase goodies such as cakes, cupcakes, muffins, cookies, brownies and beverages, she said.

Baskin added that the most expensive item in the bake sale is $3.

The tax commissioner said he feels it’s his honorary duty to help those who are suffering from this disease and help find a cure. His involvement, he said, helps contribute to a cancer patient’s recovery.

Kaercher said her involvement is personal because her mother passed away in 2008 due to cancer. “I have been affected by cancer,” she said in tears.

“Relay For Life basically represents hope ... those who’ve been lost to cancer will never be forgotten,” added Kaercher.

She said she is a team captain for the relay team, “Hand in Hand Against Cancer.”

Those who want to create teams are able to do so until April 1, she said. Teams fund-raise for the cause and participate in the Relay For Life of Clayton County event on May 4 and May 5, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., at Tara Stadium at 1055 Battle Creek Road, she explained.

The local relay has 29 teams and has raised $10,006 thus far, according to her.

She said Hand in Hand Against Cancer is the top team because it has raised the most money—$3,257.

People can also individually donate by visiting the event’s web site, www.relayforlife.org, she said.