Photo by Kathy Jefcoats
Clayton County assistant solicitor generals Margaret Spencer (left), Jamila Wideman and Keith Gammage show off the goodies for sale in Tuesday’s fundraiser for Relay for Life.
Brownies, cookies and cake, oh my, and look there’s a piece of sweet potato pie.
The tables outside Clayton County Office of Solicitor General were laden with all manner of sweets Tuesday as the staff worked to raise money for the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life event. Tough job, but someone had to do it.
Frosted mini-cupcakes tempted a woman gripping a couple of dollars in her fist.
“Are these red velvet?” she asked.
But what, is that a crispy marshmallow treat? And there is a stack of chocolate cake slices on paper plates wrapped in plastic. Hold on, there is also a basket of cookies and a lone slice of cheesecake. One dessert item wasn’t as readily identifiable.
“Is this banana pudding?” someone asked.
“I think so. No, wait, it’s a peanut butter parfait,” came the answer.
“Whatever it is, it looks yummy,” said the customer with the sweet tooth.
The second annual bake sale raised lots of, uh, dough, for the Misdemeanors Relay for Life Team, said Captain Margaret Spencer, one of the assistant prosecutors under Solicitor General Tasha Mosley.
“Every person in our office has been personally touched by cancer in some way,” said Spencer. “In fact, my mother was undergoing cancer treatment when we had the event last year. She is doing much better now.”
Last year’s bake sale raised more than $700 and the team as a whole raised $1,600, said Spencer.
“This year, we’ve set a personal goal of $200 per person,” she said.
The Misdemeanors is one of more than 30 teams signed up for the Clayton County Relay for Life set May 4 at Tara Stadium. Local participants include teams from Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services, several schools and churches, Clayton County Water Authority, Girl Scouts, Jonesboro Nursing and Rehab, Juvenile Court, Southern Regional Medical Center and Walmart.
Relay for Life started in May 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma, Wash., colorectal surgeon, decided to enhance the income of his local American Cancer Society office. Klatt also wanted to show support for his patients who battled cancer.
According to the Relay for Life website, Klatt donned his walking shoes and hit the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma and ran for more than 83 miles. Nearly 300 of his supporters watched as he walked and ran, and donated $25 to walk or run with him for 30 minutes. That night, he raised $27,000 to fight cancer.
The following year, teams formed to walk or run a 24-hour relay event with the sole goal of raising money for American Cancer Society. The idea spread across the country.
Each relay starts with a survivors lap to help everyone celebrate a victory over cancer. After dark, luminaries are lit in remembrance of those who lost the fight. The relay rounds out with a fight back ceremony to save lives by fighting back against cancer.
“This is a great organization and a great cause,” said Spencer. “We’re creating more birthdays.”
One piece of cake at a time.