Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Every dollar counts in cancer fight

To the editor:

Baker City, I would like to personally invite you to come down to the

High School track on July 24. We will be having our local Relay for

Life Event that weekend. If you have never been to a Relay event now is

the time!

This year's event is going to be spectacular. The agenda is jam-packed. There have been a lot of people working really hard over the last seven months to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The money raised goes towards cancer research. I am a firm believer that a cure will be found in my lifetime. Thank you each and every person who has ever given money to this cause. Thank you businesses for donating your services, money, and whatever else you have given.

Please join us for the Luminaria Ceremony at 9:15 p.m. on the 24th. This event is such an amazing one. It will inspire, amaze, touch you deep in your heart, and you will shed a tear for sure. I assure you this will be an event you wont want to miss!

There will be entertainment, activities, great food, survivors sharing their stories, fundraisers, and last but not least lots of great people. Once again a huge thank you to everyone for supporting this wonderful cause. Every dollar counts when it comes to finding a cure. I would love to hear why you relay so come on down and share your stories with us. Everybody relays for a different reason. I relay for my mom, grandpa, aunt, friends, and for every person ever touched by cancer.

Jana Parker

Baker City

Nonprofit best idea for ski area

To the editor:

A question for the county commissioners: How is it that the county has employees who have the time to provide maintenance at the Anthony Lakes ski area along with the three- to four-hour round trip travel time from Baker City? What are these employees doing now?

A suggestion to those businesses that count on business associated with Anthony Lakes. Why not form a nonprofit entity and then get the current owners to deed the property over to you and then run the operation as you see fit?

Richard Erwin

Baker City

Cancer relay lots of work, reward

To the editor:

Two years ago, I joined a Relay For Life team after a family friend died from cancer. Since then, I have lost three more friends to cancer. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's signature event that allows us to fight back, celebrate and remember our loved ones. Being on a Relay team is hard work and yet very rewarding. A team of 15 people can raise thousands of dollars that will fund programs and support research efforts. It happens every year in our little community!

This year, Doug and I were given the daunting task of Team Development for our local event. It has been an amazing opportunity to get to know 24 dedicated team captains and to work with an incredibly supportive committee. These teams have worked very hard to raise money all year long. They are made up of people who have all been touched by cancer in one way or another. All of their hard work will be celebrated this weekend, July 24-25 at the BHS track. There will be opportunities to purchase food and drinks, a silent auction and chances to participate in activities that will all benefit our local Relay For Life.

Moments not to miss will be the Survivor lap at 2:30 p.m., the Celebration lap at 5:30 p.m., Mr. Relay Competition at 7 p.m., and the Luminaria Ceremony at 9:15 p.m. If you have been touched by cancer in any way, this is your chance to celebrate, remember and fight back. Come to the BHS track this weekend and support these teams as they walk the track. The dollars earned this weekend could fund the research that saves someone you love....or even you!

Lori Lien

Baker City