Happy New Year! Read our first newsletter of 2011. Learn what's new at Relay For Life Frisco. Meet an incredible Survivor in our Survivor Spotlight and learn what your Relay For Life Frisco Committee has been up to.
2011 Relay for Life Frisco
Friday, May 20 6:00 p.m. through
Saturday, May 21 6:00 a.m.
“Cancer has touched my
life and so many of my
agents lives.” Go Teams!
Team Leader, Frisco Stars The American Cancer
Keller Williams Realty Society listens to your
The Keller Williams Frisco Office
feedback each year to
opened more than 11 years ago and make Relay that much
is proud to employ 235 agents. better for everyone
Their Relay For Life Frisco Stars
team is 50+ members strong in the involved.
fight against cancer! The 2011 team goal is 75 teams!
Keller Williams Realty, Inc. is an Austin We are happy to announce two very exciting changes for 2011:
based real estate franchise company
with over 75,000 real estate agents, 1) There is no maximum to the number of participants a team
operating in more than 650 market
can have! In the past, a team was capped at 15; however, this
centers across the United States and
Canada. Keller Williams Realty is cur- year we can have as many as our hearts desire. Teams are
rently the third-largest residential still able to divide with multiple team captains (fundraising,
real estate company in the U.S.
squad leaders, etc).
Sponsorships are still available.
Please contact Jaimee Zimmerer
2) Any luminarias you sell will go directly to your team total!
or 214-476-6030 for additional
information. Please help us reach our goal of 75 teams. Your Relay committee
is so excited to see all the fundraising ideas you have in
Upcoming Events store. It is never too early to start raising money for such a
Pink the Rink
Texas Tornado Booster Event To register your team, please visit www.friscorfl.com.
Dr. Pepper Arena For additional information, please contact Lori Morrison
7:30 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org or 469-855-3872
Julie, a single mother of two sons and computer
teacher at Gunstream Elementary School in
Frisco, was not feeling well. In early 2010, she
visited her doctor, explained her symptoms and
was treated for pneumonia. After two months,
Julie was still not feeling well and went for a
second opinion. The X-rays revealed spots on
her lungs and following more extensive testing,
Julie was diagnosed with lung, liver and colon
cancer. In April 2010, Julie was given 1-1/2
months to live.
Julie began the excruciating journey of chemotherapy treatments. She
would drive to her appointments and sit in her car outside of North Texas
Cancer Center and cry. If it wasn’t for her love of her two young boys and
her prayers to the Lord, she would have not of made it through. Julie made a
trip to Durant, Oklahoma to visit with Pastor Andrew Wommack (known for
his healing prayer ministry). He placed his hands on her and prayed with her.
Many patients who have endured the same treatments Julie did have chosen
to stop and opt for hospice care. Not Julie, she fought her way through. Be-
cause she refuses to miss her son’s football games, she often has to lie down
on the field.
Survivor Spotlight, cont
Having taught at Gunstream Elementary for 9
years, Julie’s impact is clear. She has not
missed one day of school since her treatments
began. If needed, she Skypes from the oncology office into her classroom
so she doesn’t miss valuable teaching time with her kids. To show their
support, Gunstream teachers and staff wear their “Team Frame” t-shirts
In December, her students asked a local radio station to help make a
memorable Christmas for their teacher. The station, KLTY-FM, received
more than 380 letters for Julie. The Gunstream staff along with KLTY
surprised Julie with an assembly in her name. The KLTY representative
presented Julie with thousands of dollars for her insurance deductibles, a
free trip for her and the boys, as well as months of rent payments.
Julie’s experience has inspired her to help others. She is forming “His
Foundation” which is an organization for Single Parents in Need Battling
Cancer (SPIN-BC). There will soon be a website available with a prayer
line and online resources for single parents who are battling cancer.
Now on maintenance treatments every other Tuesday, Julie has beaten
the odds and is now mentoring others who are facing the same treat-
ments that she went through. Julie is an amazing woman full of love, God’s
will and strength. She is an true inspiration to all those who surround her.
We look forward to walking with Julie and “Team Frame” at Relay For Life
Frisco this year!
Ohhhh the weather outside….well, it wasn’t exactly frightful but it was a little chilly!
Thank you to the Relay Committee Members who braved the cold and wind to participate
in the Frisco Frosty 5K and Merry Mile on Saturday, December 11.
I ran the Frosty 5 K and all I got was this awesome t-shirt!
(left)Rudolph, Frosty and Relay Runners are
all smiles before the race begins.
(below) The finish line is so close!
Committee Chair, Kristen Scherer, contemplates a post
race doughnut break with Accounting Chair, Shanna
Hoertsch and Relayer Cody Schoenig.
Relay Committee Workshop
In November, several members of the Frisco committee
met in Irving for the very first Relay Workshop! The
Workshop was led by the North Texas Regional Council,
which is made up of volunteers from around the Re-
gion. Event Chairs from all Regional Relay For Life events
met for a Retreat Friday evening. They enjoyed dinner
and brainstorming with other chairs in their area. There
were also breakout sessions to discuss in detail the roles
Kristen Scherer (left) , and Tracy Fenwick
and responsibilities of the Event Chair.
(right), 2011 Relay Chairs get a show of support
On Saturday, other members of the committee joined in
from 2010 Chair, Michelle Skene (center).
the Workshop to discuss their responsibilities for each
committee. The Teams Committee met to discuss new and fresh ideas, including changes to the
team sizes. The Online Committee met to discuss new features that will be made available on
each Relay’s websites. The Accounting Committee met to be trained on the new online ac-
counting system that will be used in 2011. And, the Sponsorship Committee met to uncover new
ways to approach potential sponsors.
Relay Workshop was a huge success to make sure
that those committee members with roles and re-
sponsibilities that require time commitments earlier
in the year are properly trained and have the tools
they need to carry out those duties.
The North Texas Regional Council did a wonderful job
of helping each Committee identify their strengths,
areas for improvement, and help solidify their focus
going into the new year!
Front row: (left-right) Tracy Fenwick, Kristen Scherer, 2011
Chairs; Amanda Bliss, Accounting Back row: Gary Rowe and
Valerie Conley, Online; Shanna Hoertsch, Accounting Chair
Kristen Scherer Event Chair
Tracy Fenwick Event Chair
Audra Cozart ACS Partner
Gloria Martinez Registration Chair
Alyssa Sanders Registration Co-Chair
Diana Valtr Registration
Valerie Conley Online - Community
Gary Rowe Online - Technical
Shanna Hoertsch Accounting Chair
Amanda Bliss Accounting
Kellee Albrecht Survivor Chair
Vickie Boynton Survivor Co-Chair
Kim Carmichael Survivors
Gloria Novocilsky Survivors
Brenda Price Survivors
Kristi Godfrey Luminaria Chair
Laura Lamkin Luminaria
Rosemary Mills Luminaria
Lori Morrison Teams Chair
Gilley Estes Teams
Jennifer Fredrickson Teams
Lynne Michelich Teams
Deb Cortese Volunteer Army
Michelle Skene Team Mentor
Jaimee Zimmerer Sponsorship Chair
Kristin Zimmerer Sponsorship Co-Chair
Anthony Cordova Logistics Chair
Matthew Mosier Logistics
Barbara Krehbiel-Thompson Logistics
Rene Sinclair Special Events Chair
Buzz Priestly Missions
Candice Dingman Advocacy
Amanda Dougherty Entertainment/Activities
Amy Cohen Publicity/Marketing
Don’t forget to “Friend” Us on Facebook!
The Relay For Life Frisco 2010 Event Video is now available on Facebook!
The Facebook Fundraising Application has been turned off and now redirects to
RFL.org in prep for 2011. For anyone that used the application to fundraise via
Facebook, your totals will no longer display. With the redesign of our Facebook
pages, the fundraising application can no longer be placed within a box on the left
side of a Facebook page and must be moved to a tab. For those that don’t know how
to move an application from a box to a tab, a short “how to” video will walk you
through the process, http://screenr.com/a90.