The RHA unit in Trenton, Tennessee participated in Gibson County’s Relay for Life Benefit on June 15, 2019 to raise money for cancer research. Lacey Elliot, Administrative Assistant, acted as the team leader for the unit. Georgia Rutherford and Dustin Lowrance, both Behavior Specialists, Luz Poole, Custodian, and Lesli Haliburton, Lacey’s mother and supportive community member, rounded out the team. In the months leading up to the benefit, the team organized numerous bake sales, prize raffles, and t-shirt sales in order to raise money for this special cause. Luz, an honored survivor for the event, raised hundreds of dollars by herself! She also sold the most raffle tickets and t-shirts out of the entire team.
Pictured right: RHA Trento Tennessee Unit Relay for Life 2019 Team (Left to right: Lacey Elliot, Georgia Rutherford, Luz Poole, Dustin Lowrance, and Lesli Haliburton)
The theme for this year’s Relay for Life event was Disney and the Trenton Unit selected The Jungle Book as inspiration for its campsite at the benefit. The highly creative team decided to paint a massive backdrop based on classic scenes from the film and use stuffed animals as props to show that they were “Wild About A Cure!” Numerous stuffed animals were borrowed from the staff members of the unit to add to the scenery. Dustin and Georgia took on the task of painting the backdrop and making jungle themed decorations.
At the event, the team hosted a bake sale, prize raffle, and face painting at its campsite. By the end of the night, the RHA Trenton Tennessee Unit had raised nearly $1,000 and took the Best Campsite prize! The Relay for Life team, as well as the whole Trenton Unit, are very proud of their achievements during the benefit.