Lee Christian Relay Team continues fight vs. cancer

May. 17, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

The Lee Christian Booster Club exceeded its own expectations at this year's Relay For Life last Friday night at the Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds.

In three short years, the Lee Christian Relay Team has raised over $11,000 to donate to the American Cancer Society including this year's total of $6,123.41.

This year, the team again sold fried pickles while adding muscadine grape slushes and strawberry shortcake with strawberries donated by Gary Thomas Farms.

The Lee Christian Relay Team, headed by its team captain Jeanne West, was formed after she wanted to do something to try to help raise money for cancer research. She lost her father to cancer just a few years earlier and this was how she wanted to help find a cure for this disease.

"I just cannot believe the response we have had and could not have imagined we would have raised this much money at this point,” said West.

West has worked very hard at putting together the annual Hoops For Hope night during each Falcon basketball season for each of the past three seasons. This year’s Hoops For Hope included televised play-by-play from WBFT-TV 46 of Sanford as well as a silent auction for several gift baskets whose contents were donated and specially-designed t-shirts sold at the event.

“It takes a lot of work from many of the Booster Club members but (West) deserves much of the credit for organizing it all”, said Booster Club president Steven Lane.

“She’s committed to this cause as are so many others in the school whose lives have been touched by cancer. I would like to say 'thank you' to so many who came out for Hoops For Hope this year and again to the Relay event and donated to this cause,” said Lane.