For several years now, friends Kristi Smith and Regina Stevens have been involved in Relay For Life.
They have been team members, team captains and committee members, but they never thought about overseeing the Carter County Relay event.
When approached about the position last year, both women were very uncertain but willing to step out on faith and give it a try.
“We are so fortunate to have Kristi and Regina co-chairing this year’s Relay For Life in Carter County,” said Amy Hopson, American Cancer Society Carter County Staff Partner. “These ladies are experienced Relayers who have such a personal motivation to be involved with the American Cancer Society and feel strongly about serving their community.”
Hopson applauded both Smith and Stevens for stepping up to the challenge and leading such an amazing group of volunteers year-round to put the annual event together.
“We cannot thank them and their families enough for their dedication and selfless service,” Hopson said.
The ACS was founded in 1913 as the American Society for the Control of Cancer. The group was started by 15 well-known doctors and business leaders in New York City. In those early days, cancer was rarely mentioned in public. The disease was steeped in a climate of fear and denial. At that time, cancer claimed 75,000 lives a year in the United States alone.