The Relay For Life of Orange County, and other Relay For Life events were honored at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life Leadership Summit in Dallas recently. The Society High Plains Division’s annual Summit awards recognized the best of the best in Relay For Life across the Division and is based on the per capita of the event and volunteer involvement. 

The Society awarded Orange County with the High Plains Division Choice Award during the special awards ceremony with more than 900 Relayers in attendance at the 2010 event held April 30- May 1 at Bridge City High School.

The 2010 Orange County Relay For Life raised $220,943; with 181 survivors in attendance.
“We are very proud and excited for our Relayers in Orange County,” said Jacki Burleson Community Manager Income Developement, for the American Cancer Society. “Everyone worked extremely hard to make this Relay For Life event successful, and this award is proof that their work paid off,” she said.

Relayers  at the RFL September Summit took part in informative general sessions highlighting Division and regional accomplishments;  as well as in new leadership and fundraising training sessions where they acquired the skills needed to implement a successful Relay event in their local communities.

“For more than 25 years Relay has given cancer survivors, cancer patients, caregivers, family, friends and entire communities a place where their voices can be heard in the fight against cancer,” said Kerri Morrell, American Cancer Society volunteer.

Relay brings together more than 3.5 million people to participate in a life-changing event, which has raised a total of more than $3 billion to fund the American Cancer Society’s mission. At Relay, attendees have the opportunity to celebrate those who have won their cancer battle, remember those lost and fight back against a disease that takes too much.
“Dollars raised through Relay For Life help support the American Cancer Society’s mission of eliminating cancer by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back,” added Burleson.

The next Orange County Relay For Life will be held May 6-7, 2011.

Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available at 409-835-2139 or You can also visit with other Relayers around the world by logging on to For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society at  1-800-227-2345 or visit the website,

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.