Students at HV Jenkins High School are currently raise money for The American Cancer Society Relay for Life in honor of Gregory Oliver, Jenkins Physical Education Teacher/Basketball Coach. This year Relay for Life will be held Friday May 13, 2011 at Armstrong Atlantic University starting 6pm.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events held up to 24 hours.
Relay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man’s passion to fight cancer into the world’s largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, gather to take part in this global event and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Thanks to Relay participants, the American Cancer Society continues to save lives.
Coach Gregory Oliver was a Health, Personal Fitness, and Team Sports Teacher and Boy’s Basketball Coach who battled against liver cancer. Oliver graduated from Beacon High School in Beacon, New York.
Although he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University, Oliver received a Master Degree in Education from Cambridge College. Retired from the Air Force after proudly serving 20 years, he began coaching men and women basketball for over 15 years while in the Air Force. Oliver has coached middle and high school basketball for 7 years. Now he has left behind his wife Stephanie (Lewis) Oliver and 3 children: Trinada, Dominique and Amari. Jenkins High School is now raising money in memory Oliver.
Relay For Life is more than just a fundraiser. It’s a life-changing experience. Everyone’s reason to Relay is as unique as their own personal story. At Relay, you can find healing, comfort, and support from others who have faced cancer or who have lost a loved one to the disease.
You have a chance to meet people in the community who are equally as passionate about finding an end to cancer in our lifetime.
You can thank all the people who have done so much to support you through your personal cancer experience. And you can gather together with friends, family, and colleagues to laugh, cry, and create lasting memories.