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For many, Relay for Life is personal

Almost everyone had a story to share Saturday as they turned out to support a Relay for Life yard sale fundraiser.

Barbara Green was happy to shop at tables lined up near Double D Gun & Pawn at 642 N. Main St.

"Yes, I support the Relay for Life because I'm a breast cancer survivor," Green said.

Green works at Child's World, and her husband works at Milliken Co. She said she is glad both employers support the fight against cancer.

Green says her cancer was treated two years ago, and she does not need chemotherapy or medication.

"So I consider myself blessed," she said.

The cancer survivor bought glass lamp globes and shopped for other bargains Saturday.

She had plenty of company at the tables.

"We have moved a lot of stuff," volunteer Becky McClure said at midmorning. "A lot of clothes. Oh, yes."

"You get bargains and help out, too," Judy Usry said as she and her husband, Jim, enjoyed hot dog plates. She had bought a Barbie cake maker set for her granddaughter, Grace Owens, 2.

They enjoyed shopping for "just little odds and ends and such," Jim Usry said.

The hot dog plates were prepared by several volunteers, including grill chef Don Chazelle. He and his wife, Jenny, had a very special reason to help.

Their son, Tommy, 14, recently was diagnosed with a brain tumor. "Surgery got it," Don Chazelle said. Tommy, a 14-year-old eighth-grader, has been receiving tutoring at home, arranged with the help of Thomson-McDuffie Middle School Principal Neal Tam.

"It was all set up through the middle school. They took care of everything," Chazelle said. "Mr. Tam has been great with all of that."

Donations poured in from volunteers and from the public. "We all contributed," McClure said.

Some of the items were sizable.

"I had a washer and dryer, entertainment center and table and chairs loaded on that trailer, and we had it sold by 8:30 this morning," said Monty Ashcraft, the owner of Double D.

Proceeds from the accompanying bake sale added to the day's total.

"These ladies have spent countless hours baking," Ashcraft said.

His wife, Teresa, even delivered baked goods. For Ashcraft, the fundraiser had a very personal meaning.

"Both me and my wife have lost our dads to cancer," he said. "So I just thought that through the business we might give something back to the community."

Ashcraft said he was glad to offer space for the yard sale and to sponsor a team -- Double D for Tommy -- for the Relay for Life in honor of Tommy Chazelle.

He said the store will sponsor another yard sale, although the date has not been set. Nonetheless, he said people may drop off the donations at the store any time.

This year's Relay for Life will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, May 13, and end at 8 a.m. May 14 at the Thomson High School track.



Web posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011













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