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Lallie Kemp's Fighting Tigers Win 2nd Place in Relay for Life

The Fighting Tigers included, in front, Mindy Baker and Bonnie Jessup, and, behind them, Sheilah Gondolfi, Bevin Javins, Nikki Smith, Toni Hanson, Cheryl Martin-Yates, and Freddie Robertson.

Independence Lallie Kemp Medical Center employees helped raise $9,195 for the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life," on November 13, at North Oaks Park in Hammond, taking home second place in this fundraiser to fight cancer.

Over the past few months, the Lallie Kemp Fighting Tigers sponsored several "cupcake mania" bake sales and raffles, sold the "Fight Dat" t-shirts and even held a garage sale to help raise money.

The team was led by Co-Captains Lisa Melder and Carolyn Wilson. The Town of Independence supported the team as well, providing space for the garage sale, and the local Piggly Wiggly sold "stars, moons and feet" decals for the team. This was truly a community effort.

The eight-hour event required the presence of a representative of each team on the track at all times. For those who stayed to the end, the luminary ceremony was truly breathtaking as a remembrance of those who are gone, those still fighting and those who are survivors.

"Relay for Life" is the American Cancer Society's signature fundraising event. It offers the community a chance to help raise funds for the Society's fight to find a cure for cancer. It is a great event that brings together those whom cancer has touched.