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Supporting life [HD]

Kimber Westphall
Supporting life [HD]

Gathering for hope. Gathering for remembrance. Gathering to celebrate. Thousands of people from across North Texas traveled to Memorial Stadium in Frisco to participate in the 2010 Frisco Relay for Life and they all came for one reason.

“To support all those that survived cancer and to show everyone we’re united in our battle against cancer,” said Frisco Mayor Maher Maso. “We’re a community and we care.”

The relay lasts 24 hours, to symbolize cancer never sleeps. Teams are formed and each member takes turns walking or running around the track.

“Cancer affects everybody’s lives,” said Frisco D-League Head Coach Nancy Lieberman. “Cancer does not discriminate. We need everyone to dig deep and come out. Just be a part of what we’re doing cause we’re a team.”

Along with Texas Legends NBA D-League coach Nancy Lieberman, Olympic Gymnastics Gold Medal Champions, Nastia Liukin and Carly Patterson, attended the event to show their support.

“I got invited by Mayor Maso and it’s in my hometown and backyard,” said Olympic Gold Medalist Carly Patterson.

A common theme running through the evening event is that everyone is affected by cancer in some capacity including the Mayor, who is also a cancer survivor.

“It took me a long time to be able to talk about what I went through,” said Maso. “It’s good to share with others. It’s also good to tell others that are facing it today that they’re not alone.”

“It really is a great cause and great event and I think it looks like a good turnout so far,” said Olympic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin.

All proceeds from Frisco Relay for Life will benefit the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life is a popular fundraiser that is sponsored in countless cities across the United States. Various other events occur besides the relay itself, including performances, a Luminaria Ceremony and community-sponsored booths.

“We are a full service cancer recovery boutique here in Plano and we’re here to help people going through any stages of cancer to get products and things they need to help make this journey just a little bit easier for them,” said owner of All About You Tracy Gomez.

This is an opportunity to celebrate those who survived cancer and to remember those who lost the battle. Survivors are the propelling force of Relay for Life and are celebrated as the guests of honor.

Take a look at the video in HD about Frisco Relay for Life produced by DFW Reporting above!

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Kimber Westphall is a journalist with the Midwest gal charm. She grew up in Wichita, Kansas where she honed her journalism skills from an early age, always on a quest for that breaking story. When attending the University of Kansas, Kimber put her design skills to the test, spending many late nights in the newsroom as The Universtiy Daily Kansan’s Design Chief. Kimber was a member of the KUJH-TV news staff, both in front of and behind the camera. She started out as a stage manager and audio operator, eventually being promoted to Host and Web Producer of Jayhawks Sports Talk. Through out her Journalistic endeavors, Kimber completed freelance assignments for The Wichita Business Journal and Splurge! Magazine; both Wichita, KS publications. Then, Kimber was offered an assignment she couldn’t pass up. This assignment involved her passport as she traveled on an international press conference to London, representing Adjourn Magazine, based out of Los Angeles. Kimber now works for an advertising agency in Dallas, TX in the Creative Department. Kimber’s main focus is on designing print and web materials. When she is not hitting hard advertising deadlines, she is teaching fitness classes at LA Fitness. In conjunction with teaching five days a week, Kimber recently completed the Washington D.C. Marathon. Kimber is documenting all her fitness adventures, from flying trapeze lessons to Zumba classes on her column, “Blogging Fitness with Kimberly Westphall” on the site midwestsportsfans.com.

 

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