6/15/2012 – 2012 Relay For Life of Greater Taunton

Posted in Events, General at 9:42 pm by Administrator

This was a very very fun event. I have been touched personally by both cancer and ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease), so I will do what I can personally to help both the ALS Foundation and ACS out at relays.

This event was held at Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical School from 5:00pm on Friday, June 15th to 9:00 am on Saturday, June 16th.

Sara Watkins was very instrumental in how the event ran. I believe she had a committee of about 10 or so people helping her out organizing it.

I arrived on site around 3pm to start unload for the opening ceremony at 5pm. She had explained to me in the planning stages that they were going to have a band play right after the opening ceremony and that was great. Give everyone there to raise money some different kinds of entertainment.

I got unloaded and setup a larger sound system than usual cause it was on the track around the football field. So I had a very large area to cover for announcements and music.

At 4:15pm I was ready to go so I started playing some classic rock that I really love and I did notice that other people were sing along while I was making sure it could be heard throughout the football field and around the track.

at 5pm began the opening ceremony. Even Mayor Hoye was there to give a speech. The lead singer of the band playing that night (Past Imperfect) said a few words and I found out he was a cancer survivor.

Right after the opening ceremony was finished the committee had me play Martina McBrides “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” was a very touching song that I listened to once before when adding it to my music collection when it was release but never realized what it was about. That subject happens to be about someone who finds out they have cancer. All I know as I listened to the song I started to cry like I am right now writing this blog. Cancer is no job and a tough thing to go through. I was really glad they chose that song for the survivors lap. Then I follow that up with the inspiring “I’m A Survivor” by Reba McEntire. Everyone was singing along with that one as well…

After the few laps they did at that time Past Imperfect came on and played from about 6:30pm or so till 10:00pm… I played some tunes during the 2 breaks they took. They were all over the music genre’s from Jimmy Buffet to Jimmy Eat World to Lit… I really liked listening to them alot.

Sara also had given me a scheduled of how the night was going to run.

Around 8pm or so when it was dark we had a luminaries ceremony which touched my heart cause my Uncle and Grandmother both passed away from different forms of cancer. They asked me to play some bag pipe music cause orginally they were going to have one on site. I ended up playing like 4 songs. Starting it off with Amazing Grace which was very fitting.

Each team that wanted to could sponsor a lap and they could do something with that hour. Each lap was a lot of fun. The relay committee started it off with a Quarter Lap which meant if you brought quarters with you they wanted you to put them on the track on a white line and see how many quarters they would get and they all would be donated to ACS.

To be honest I can not remember every lap that we did but here is what I do remember.

Tim Sousa who is a Cancer Survivor and published author had a Poem hour. At first there was only 1 or 2 that signed up but as the start time approached he end up with 10 entry’s. He ended up decided to publish all of them in his next book that will be out shortly.

Team Dunkin Donuts sponsored 2 different hours. One was Going back to being a kid with different games such as Potato Sack Race which someone actually went all the way around the track in the sack and he got the nickname after that called potato sack boy, Shoe toss, Three Legged Race and a few others. The other hour they sponsored was Minute to Win it. They did Pie Eating contest in which Tim took part.

One of the teams not sure which one but they did Line Dances and had a Group come up and perform. Both parts were great….

We had a talent contest and had some great sports that went up and Sang and did Gymnastics.

I play requests from about 5 different Genre’s of music throughout the night.

Teams that where there are listed below and personally I wanna thank them…

503 Participants.  42 Teams.  $96,655 Raised.

1 Walk, Fight, Win
2 Lima’s TKD Kickers for a Cure
3  MCC – Multi Colors for a Cure
4 Dunkin Donuts
5 Keep on Trucking
6 Ebony + Ivory
7 Butterflies of Hope
8 Generation Hope
9 Team Life
10 Bay Street OBGYN
11 THS Student Council
12 West Conquet
13 Team TanMan
14 BP SPNs
15 Pollywalkers
16 St. Andrew the Apostle
18 Team Awesomeness
20 Never Left Alone
22 Team Fearless
23 Team Brian
25 C.A.R.R.
26 Team Bri
27 Phoenix
28 Taunton HS Key Club
29 Taunton Jaycees
30 Here’s 2 Healing Hearts
32 Team Travel Experience
33 Cancer Crusaders
34 Team Rue’s Crew
35 Fishing for Fluke
36 Lifesavers
37 Hoyes for Hope
38 Friends of Fran
39 Team Dominoes
40 Freitas Family & Friends
41 Team BCAN
42 Team Chaves

Images from Sara Watkins and David Mires