Photo: The Columbia State Chargers Sunshine Relay for Life team poses underneath the balloon arch at the 2011 Maury County Relay for Life event. Through their hard work and dedication, team members were able to raise over $10,000 for the American Cancer Society.

(Columbia, Tenn. – June 8, 2011) - - - Columbia State Community College’s Chargers Sunshine Relay for Life Team raised over $10,000 for the American Cancer Society and to support the fight against cancer. Currently, the Chargers Sunshine team is the only team in Maury County to reach the Jade Level which is defined by reaching the $10,000 fund-raising mark. In addition to raising money, the team participated in the 2011 Relay for Life event held at Columbia Academy on Friday, June 3.

The Chargers Sunshine team was awarded the prestigious 2011 Spirit of Relay Award which is presented to the Relay for Life team that embodies all facets of Relay including year-round fundraising, participation in all county fundraising opportunities and posses the commitment to find the cure for cancer.

Chargers Sunshine team member, Victoria Gay received the Most Miles Walked Award for walking 120 laps or 30 miles during the 12 hour event.

In addition to receiving the spirit award, team member Victoria Gay received the award for walking the most laps at Relay. During the 12 hour event, she walked 120 laps which is equivalent to 30 miles!

The Chargers Sunshine team members include Kyle Bays, Eugenia Bobo, Tammy Borren, Chiquita Bullock, Brenda Coleman, Mike Corn, Jackie Crawford, Livia Derryberry, April Devara, Kayla Donegan, Aubrey Flagg, Nick Gay, Victoria Gay, Toshiro Goodman, Kellie Gwin, Gina Johnson, Amber Larose, Joni Lenig, Shelley Manns, Will Mathis, Lauren Maxwell, B.I. Naddy, Michelle Nelson, David Ogden, Bryce Ray, Regina Ray, Kaye Richards, Gena Ryan, Judy Sanders, Amy Spears-Boyd, Latasha Stenson, Kelly Stinnett and Samantha Stinnett.

Relay teams have until August 31 to raise money for the 2011 fundraising year. For more information on donating or becoming involved with the Chargers Sunshine Relay for Life team contact Kelly Stinnett at (931) 540-2750 or by emailing

Relay For Life is an overnight event sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The event is designed to celebrate individuals who have battled cancer, remember lost loved ones and to fight back by raising money for cancer research and programs. For more information on the American Cancer Society visit

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