Orange County’s Relay for Life is approximately four weeks away and already the Relay is larger than ever! Over sixty teams have signed up to participate in the American Cancer Society Fundraiser which will be held from 6:30 p.m. May 2 to 6:30 a.m. May 3 at Bridge City High School Football Stadium.
Last year, approximately 44 teams participated. The 64 teams signed up for this year’s event are comprised of over 565 individuals. All of whom are committed to raising at least $100 each for the American Cancer Society.
Some of the teams are new, some are returning to continue their participation.
The Vidor Middle School Team will be participating in their fourth Orange County Relay for Life event this year.
Team Captain Cheryl Dupuy said, “We formed three years ago as a support group for a co-worker.”
That co-worker, Janet Smith, was battling breast cancer. She is now doing well, is off treatment and is a current team member.
Also when the team originated in 2005, it was comprised of 15 members, primarily all co-workers, and went by the name of the Lip-Sisters.
“Our first year, we were everyone’s favorite for our bright pink shirts with lips. Our campsite was also decorated with lips.  We were given an award for our campsite that year!  The second year, we were tied for the school that raised the most money!  Last year, we were awarded with the "Most Spirited Team" Award,” Dupuy said.
Over the three year’s of Relay for Life participation, the team has grown and changed. Students also get involved.
“We no longer go by the name Lip Sisters, We now are the team from Vidor Middle School.  Originally, we were the Lip Sisters because the principal at our school has many, many, many shades of lipstick. Anything we find with lips, we buy or get for her!  She inspired us. Also, when we started the first year, we only had 1 team with about 15 members, now we have 3 teams of about 15 members per team!” Dupuy said.
Like many other Relay teams, Dupuy said everyone on the Vidor Middle School team knows someone who is currently fighting the cancer battle or has fought the cancer battle.
Relay for Life provides the opportunity to support friends, family, and co-workers.
“It is a blast, and you are raising money for an excellent cause!,” Dupuy said.
Already, the 2008 Orange County Relay for Life has already raised over $20,000 through early fundraising. Last year, the Orange County Relay raised over $115,000.  The year, the goal is to surpass that figure.
Money raised from the Relay is used for Research, Education, Advocacy and patient Service Programs for Orange County.
These programs include Reach for Recovery, Road to Recovery, Support Groups, Cancer Survivor Network, Quitline, Guestroom Program, Patient Service Center, a Youth Scholarship Program, and more.
Specifically the programs include supplying wigs, bras and prosthesis for patients, transportation of patients to and from treatment, assistance with hotel rooms, and more.
Additionally, Dupuy said, Relay for Life allows you will meet so many remarkable people and make lasting relationships.
The Vidor Middle School team is looking forward to participating in the all of the many activities that Relay provides and suggests that new participants plan to bring with them some bug spray and a good sense of humor.
Dupuy said, “There is always something that makes you able to spot us!  The first year, it was our campsite decorations, Lips!!!  The second year, We had a big monster on our shirt with red lips! Last year, when it got to be about 3:30 or so, we got our second wind and were the ones who where still being loud and dancing to the music!  I wonder what it will be this year?”
Individuals interested in the Orange County Relay for Life may learn more about the event by attending team captain meetings scheduled for Monday, March 31 and Monday, April 21 at Lamar State College – Orange. The meetings will be in the Wilson Building, Room 133.
Team captain meetings begin at 6 p.m.
Individuals may also sign up by visiting the Orange County Relay for Life web site at
All cancer survivors are invited to walk in the Celebration lap which is part of the Relay for Life Opening Ceremony. To sign up to paraticipate, contact Becky Grant at 883-3563.
Also Luminaria in Honor or Memory of those who are battling and/or have battled cancer may also be purchased by contacting Patricia Lee at or 882-0522. These will be lit during the Luminaria Ceremony Friday, May 2.
For additional information regarding the Orange County Relay for Life, contact Becky Grant at 883-3563 or Jackie Burleson at 835-2139.