Clay County Relay for Life scrapped

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CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – A committee is sticking by its decision last June to cancel 2014’s Relay for Life event in Clay County.

The annual fundraising event for cancer research was typically held in late May or early June; and last year, the event’s 17th, Relay was moved to Brazil’s Family YMCA.

“And there comes a point when, as passionate as you are, you get burned out,” admitted Carrol Evans, a former committee member and chairperson for Clay County’s Relay for Life.

Event planners are blaming a lack of volunteers, and a lack of money, for the difficult decision. Clay County was even struggling to raise the national minimum of $35,000, as required by Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

“We have dwindled down to where so many people, we had very few people, I should say, performing more than one position on the committee,” Evans shared with News 10, remarking how volunteers felt spread pretty thin.

The usual supporters of Clay County’s Relay for Life are being encouraged to throw their backing behind Vigo County’s event, set for May 3 and 4; also, neighboring Putnam and Parke Counties offer Relay for Life events.

As disappointed as she might be with the decision, Carrol Evans remains hopeful that Clay County hasn’t seen its last Relay for Life event.

“If we get enough people who are wanting to be part of this again, maybe, maybe we’ll be having another event,” Evans said optimistically.

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