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Relays Host Team Eager For Event
Relay Team Spotlight
Grilling up the chicken for the famous Cancerous Suckitous chicken skewers is team member Gary Ball, getting ready to serve hungry walkers. The team returns to Relay For Life in 2016. Marg Jackson/The Times

The Olympic theme being used this year for Relay For Life of Escalon has each team picking a country – and Cancerous Suckitous has chosen Brazil, which will host the 2016 Summer Games. An active participant in Relay for several years, the Cancerous Suckitous team members will once again offer a variety of fundraising options on site.

“We will be doing our chicken skewers and our fruit kabobs,” team captain Caryn Ball said of the popular fare, which is easy to eat while you do your laps around the track. “We will have raffle items and do Henna tattoos.”

Also returning is the team’s by-donation soccer clinic for kids. It doesn’t bring in a lot in terms of money, said Ball, but it is a good opportunity for youngsters at Relay to learn a little bit about the game and develop some skills while having fun.

Ball said the team also is working on a carnival mask lap counter, with participants able to purchase the mask for a small fee, then add something new to it – feathers and/or beads most likely – for each lap they complete around the track during the event.

“We have six people signed up so far and we will probably be at about 15 by the time the Relay is here,” Ball said of team members. “The first year, I didn’t participate, the second year I was on a team and then the third year (in Escalon) we started a team.”

Cancerous Suckitous will feature skin cancer in their on-site educational effort and Ball said many of those on the team have had family members affected by the disease.

Hogan Manufacturing has signed on as a sponsor for the team and Ball said they also work to get business card sponsors, which are featured in the program at the event.

Escalon’s Relay For Life is set for Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26 on the campus of Escalon High School, set up on the football field. The wide variety of booths, games, entertainment, food and more is open to all – the community is encouraged to come out and support the teams by spending time at the event.

“I like visiting with the people, hearing their messages,” Ball said, adding that she also enjoys the different theme laps and the camaraderie and sense of community that the event brings.


Next week, a look at another team involved in the 2016 Relay For Life of Escalon.