Relay honors Wilson family
Jefferson County Relay for Life is honoring the George Wilson family at this year's event.
This family has lost many family members to the devastation of cancer. George and Ruth Wilson moved to Madras from Prineville in 1957. George did concrete and general construction work around the county, while Ruth was a stay at home mom.
The Wilsons raised six children, Forrest "Red," Sharon, George Jr. Rae, Tina and K.C. Red and Sharon graduated from Crook County, George Jr., Rae, Tina and K.C. graduated from Madras High School, while Tina graduated from Culver High School. George and Ruth both lost their fight against cancer.
George Jr. also worked in the concrete/construction business while raising his three children Terri, Ronnie and Danielle with his wife Izzie in Madras. Both George and Izzie fought and lost long battles with pancreatic cancer.
Sherri Wilson married Forrest "Red" Wilson in 1963 and raised one daughter, Donna. Sherrie worked approximately 25 years for the Jefferson County School District. Sherrie lost her battle with cancer in 2003.
Larry Logan, originally from Prineville, married Sharon Wilson in 1956 and lived a portion of his life in Madras. Larry and Sharon had three children, Laura, Leslie and Lane. Larry recently passed away in January 2006 of cancer.
Tina, the youngest daughter of George and Ruth along with her husband Chris Woods have been treated for cancer and have been cancer-free for a while.
Relay for Life is a 24-hour community event where everyone can participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people will be camping out at the Madras High School football field July 14 and 15, and will take turns walking the track. Currently, about 20 teams are participating in this year's event. The theme is "Get Away to Relay," with teams choosing vacation spots to decorate their campsites.
Entertainment will include the Mud Springs Gospel Band, Queen Lorene and the Skillet Lickers, Juniper Clickin' Cloggers, Mark Mobley, balloons with Larry Hyder, kids games with Katrina Flande, Mister Relay contest and more.
The highlight of the event is the Luminaria Ceremony at 10 p.m., Friday, where cancer survivors and those who have lost the battle with cancer will be honored. The track will be lined with luminaries and a slide show will honor those represented. Pictures can be submitted to ArristaBelle Duff at Columbia River Bank.
Relay for Life brings together millions of people all over the world to raise money to help prevent cancer, save lives and diminish suffering from the disease. Funds raised at Relay go directly to cancer prevention, research and to raise awareness of cancer prevention. The event's slogan is "There is no finish line until there is a cure."
For more information contact Shari Durgan at 475-7221 or Jennifer Hatfield at 475-6730.