The American Cancer Society will be hosting its 20th Paulding County Relay For Life at White Oak Park, 298 Mustang Drive, Dallas, May 17 at 6 p.m.
A total of 74 teams with 924 participants are set for this year’s event, said Debbie Freeman, community manager for the American Cancer Society. As of May 1 the teams have raised a combined $70,000.
“Our goal by the end of our season [Aug. 15] is to raise $202, 000,” she said.
Two teams hoping to help make the goal are Dobbins Middle School led by Mark Haney Jr., and Beetin’ 4 Beetle Curin’ 4 Calvin led by Shanna Fields.
Dobbins’ team had raised about $14,500 as of Friday, said Haney. Last year the school came in third place with $10,907, and the previous school record for money raised was $12,800.
The school’s team raises its money from sales of spirit chains, which consist of strips of construction paper formed to make a chain. They also raise funds from a talent show and a “slime” contest, in which students compete for funds for the chance cover the teachers in “slime.”
Teachers pay to wear jeans during the week and participate in a cake auction.
This year is the first Dobbins has had a student team, he said.
“A lot of students came up to us to get involved,” Haney said.
A big reason the children wanted to get involved was to support a student who lost her father to cancer, he said.
Haney’s grandparents are cancer survivors, which motivates him to help raise money.
“Ever since I came to Dobbins I wanted to be more active,” Haney said.
Beetin’ 4 Beetle Curin’ 4 Calvin was last year’s top money raiser with about $14,000. This year they have raised about $11,000 as of April 30, Fields said.
“We want to at least beat what we did last year,” she said.
To raise money the team hosts a 5K mud run, gospel singing and a golf tournament.
The team’s name comes from her father-in-law Jerry Fields, nicknamed “Beetle,” and her father’s name Calvin Thompson. Fields’ father-in-law died from cancer in 2011 after fighting it for five years, and her father’s cancer is in remission, she said.
“We don’t do it to be number one. We do it because we believe in it,” Fields said.
For more information about the Relay For Life visit relayforlife.org.