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LIT teams kick off 11th year in Relay For Life event with fundraisers
News Release
Monday, February 04, 2019

Beaumont – Lamar Institute of Technology teams aim to kick cancer to the curb by contributing their time, efforts, resources and proceeds to this year’s local American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

LIT Applied Sciences Instructor and local artist Stephanie Lanoue launched efforts recently in Hardin County with a painting fundraiser , teaching “Poppy Love.” Seventeen "budding" artists enjoyed brunch and camaraderie for a great cause.

Lanoe has participated in the walk since 2005. Hardin County’s Relay For Life is Fri., March 29, from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Silsbee High School Stadium. Radiologic Technology Program Director Brenda Barrow leads the Hardin/South Jasper Relay For Life team, named “Health Warriors.” Barrow said the original team started at Lamar University in 2009, but was disbanded and taken over by LIT’s Allied Health and Science Department in 2012. Health Warriors were moved to Hardin County in 2013, she said.

Team members include faculty instructors Gina McMahon (Radiologic Technology), Lacey Stinebrickner and Melissa Mann (Diagnostic Medical Sonography), and Stacy Taylor (Respiratory Therapy). Also participating are LIT graduates Tina Siau, Co-Captain for Health Warriors, and Sr. Administrative Associate in Lamar University’s General Studies Department, and Michelle Smalley at Southeast Texas OB-Gyn Sonography. Last year 13 teams, 137 participants and 35 survivors raised over $35,000 in Hardin County’s relay.

In Jefferson County, the LIT “Up for a Cause” team is headed by Management Development Program Director Kara Booth. Co-captains are Business Technologies Department Chair Lauri Arnold-Calder and General Education and Developmental Studies Chair Dawn Katz. The Jefferson County event, “Small Town, Big Fight,” is slated for April 27 on Boston Avenue in Nederland.

The two department chairs want to raise awareness on campus with a candy sale, a student Relay Day and collaborative events with area businesses, Arnold-Calder said. Last year the group raised $1,290 of the county’s total of $350,000, the largest Relay For Life fundraiser in Texas. Arnold-Calder said it was also named one of the Top 5 Nationwide Per Capita Income events for 2018. Their Facebook page is:

Relay For Life, founded in 1985, is the world’s largest fundraising event for cancer, according to Taryn Bienvenue of the ACS.

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