YOUR HOMETOWN — Timberville: ‘One Common Bond’: Finding A Cure
Timberville Woman Helps Lead Relay For Life Team For Mom — And The Thousands Of Others Battling Cancer
Angelique Showalter of Timberville, the team co-leader of Relay for Life’s “Campers Against Cancer,” shows off the squad’s T-shirt. Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R.
Angelique Showalter (center) of Timberville talks with her cousin, Marcia Funk (left) of Broadway, and her sister-in-law, Sarah Showalter of Timberville, about the team and its fundraising activities. Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R.
As they talked, they decided to form a Relay For Life team and later named the team, naturally, “Campers Against Cancer,” complete with a spirit stick that looks like a smore. They scheduled their first team meeting for Feb. 27, 2012.
As fate would have it, on the day of her team’s first meeting, life for Showalter, 35, changed dramatically. Her mother, Barbara Brown, 66, of Timberville, was diagnosed with breast cancer, making Relay for Life even more important and personal to Showalter.
“It changed it 110 percent,” she said. “It was quite an emotional first team meeting for me.”
Among The Best
The team, co-captained by Showalter and Lacey Spring resident Michelle Atwood, 36, is made up of 23 members that includes five family members. It includes three cancer survivors, including Brown.
The team raised about $3,600 last year in about three months. So far this year, the team has raised $4,800, good enough for 10th place out of 99 teams.
Showalter said the team hosts a variety of events, and tries to think outside the box for fundraising ideas.
This year, they teamed up with Gitchell Photography to take pictures of children with a live bunny for Easter.
“It’s exhausting [work], but it’s a lot of fun,” Showalter said.
But it can be emotionally trying, as well, hearing stories about people battling the deadly disease.
Stories often leave team members crying.
“You wouldn’t have much of a heart if you didn’t,” said 28-year-old Timberville resident Sarah Showalter, Angelique’s sister-in-law.
Their cousin, Marcia Funk, 42, of Broadway, has been relaying for 11 years. She agreed the activities and meetings are a lot of fun, but also stressful at times.
“I’ve had a lot of friends who have been affected by cancer,” Funk said. “It touches everyone in some form.”
It’s the tears and the sadness that drive them to raise money and, ultimately, one day help find a cure.
“Going through it with her, and seeing so many people struggle, makes every minute I put into it worth it,” said Angelique Showalter.
This year’s Relay for Life event begins at 6 p.m. May 3 at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds.
Last year was Brown’s first time attending the Relay event. She said seeing the luminaries, an emotional part of ever Relay for Life, was overwhelming.
“The lighting of the luminaries was highly emotional for me, as well as for many other survivors, caregivers, family and friends of survivors,” said Brown, who is in remission. “There is not one family that is not touched by this devastating, debilitating and sometimes deadly disease. But there is one common bond between all of us who have joined a Relay team. We want to find a cure for cancer of all types.”
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