Henkel for Hope team raises most in Ray, Lafayette effort

Richmond residents Belinda Craig, left, and Kimmie Ditto who is holding granddaughter Gabriella Best-Ditto make the inaugural lap for cancer survivors Saturday at Relay for Life. Craig was supported by her church members at Richmond First Baptist. Ditto, who came with family, said she has been cancer free for 6 weeks after a five-year battle, first with esophageal cancer then with stomach cancer. She credits early detection as to saving her life.

Eleven teams from Ray and Lafayette counties raised more than $20,000 for the American Cancer Society at its annual Relay for Life. The event took place June 9 at the Lexington High School football stadium. Event co-chair Marie Morgan said she expects more donations, as teams continue to fundraise. Richmond team Henkel for Hope will host a poker run June 23 to add to their fundraising efforts. The team, led by co-chair Bill Downs, has raised nearly $7,000, so far to lead local efforts. Downs has been cancer-free for four years.

“I am proud of the Lafayette and Ray communities for coming together to support one another and help finish the fight against cancer,” said Morgan.

Other Richmond relay teams also made the mark at this year’s event. Conner Craig of Richmond First Baptist Church’s Daughters of the King team won Queen of the Relay, where both men and women dressed as their favorite Disney princess or character for the event, which the theme “Wish Upon A Cure.”

“He (Craig) was a beautiful Snow White,” Morgan said.

Additionally, the Richmond Faith Lutheran Church team was the winner of the Best-Decorated Tata contest.

The complete version of this story appears in the Friday, June 15, 2018, printed edition of The Richmond News.

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