Relay For Life of Cullman County to kick off 2019 season and “Bring Home a Cure” 

bring home a cure 5.2.1CULLMAN, Ala. — Volunteers for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Cullman County will gather at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 17, at First Baptist Church of Cullman Fellowship Hall to kickoff plans for its annual event set for Friday, May 3 at Cullman County Fairgrounds. 

The 2019 event will celebrate that state’s 200th birthday with a theme of “Bring Home a Cure: Celebrating Alabama’s Bicentennial.” Participating teams are encouraged to choose a theme based on the people, places or things that represent the state of Alabama. The event has been endorsed and sponsored by the Cullman County Bicentennial Committee and is an official event of the Alabama 200 Bicentennial Celebration. 

“This will be Cullman County’s 26th annual event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society,” said Helen Allen, the event lead for the Cullman event. “All of us who volunteer on the committee and with teams share the same goal of helping raise funds that will be used for research, to assist patients and their families, and to educate on the importance of early detection and preventative measures. We’ve all been affected be cancer in some way and want to be a part of helping to find a cure. Every advance made from research comes home to us in order to help all of our families and friends affected by cancer. 

“We welcome anyone interested in learning more about participating in Relay to attend the kickoff,” Allen added. “Local businesses, industries, churches, organizations and families are all welcome to form a team and help in the fight against cancer.” 

Lanell Coln of Corinth, Miss., will be the featured speaker at the kickoff. A five-year survivor of pancreatic cancer, Coln has been a Relay For Life volunteer for many years and an event lead for the Alcorn County event for five years.  

Teams and sponsors from the 2018 event will be recognized and teams will be able to choose their tent site for the 2019 event and get information on Relay-wide fundraisers and more. Upcoming meetings will also be held on Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, April 18 and May 2.  

For more information or to register or join a team, visit or contact Helen Allen at 256-709-4019 or Visit the event’s Facebook page at 


Relay For Life of Cullman County Kickoff Thursday, Jan. 11, marking 25th annual event

The 2018 Relay For Life of Cullman County event planned for Friday, May 4, will be the 25th annual event in Cullman County to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. A Kickoff Celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 11 in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church of Cullman.

The first Relay For Life event held in Cullman County in 1994 in memory of Jimmy Gilley, and raised more than $81,000 for the American Cancer Society’s efforts toward research, patient support and assistance and education.  Since then, the local event has raised well over $1 million through efforts by local volunteers, sponsors and teams.

“Cullman County has a long history of stepping up to the plate to help worthy causes,” said Helen Allen, chair of Cullman’s Relay For Life event. “I’ve been involved for almost all of the 25 years Relay has been in Cullman and I’m proud of the work we’ve done and prouder to see the advances made in cancer treatments just in that time. But we still have a long way to go to find cures that will end cancer for good. In the meantime, the American Cancer Society also offers patients and their families assistance in the way of 24-hour access to find answers about certain types of cancers, treatment options, ongoing research, insurance questions and patient assistance through its toll-free hotline and website. It also offers programs like Look Good Feel Better, Reach to Recovery, Road to Recovery and the Hope Lodge, which offers free lodging at facilities across the United States.

“I know people locally who have benefited from these services and I’m proud that the efforts we’ve taken here have helped provide these services and programs to our area residents and all cancer patients around the world.”

Allen issued a special invitation to teams who participated in the first event in 1994 to return to the event for its 25th anniversary. Some of the teams recognized for their efforts at the inaugural event were West Elementary School, Cullman Regional (then Cullman Medical Center), Holly Pond School for raising the most money, and McGriff Industries, who had the top individual fundraiser (Cynthia Mathney). Sponsors were Lee Company, Alabama Feed Products, American Airlines, Cullman Parks and Recreation, Woodland Community Hospital, Paul Kassouf & Co., Oneita, Cullman Medical Center and FCF Enterprises.

IN IT TO WIN IT (1)Cullman County’s 2018 Relay For Life event is themed “In it to Win It: The Fight Against Cancer is Not a Game!” Participating teams are encouraged to create their own themes based on games to use for their fundraising, team t-shirts and tent site decorations.  Returning teams and new teams who want to learn more about Relay For Life are welcome to attend the kickoff event and all future meetings.

Meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m., in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Cullman. Meeting dates are Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8, April 5, April 19, and May 3.  A Survivors’ Breakfast will be held at 7 a.m., Wednesday, May 2 at Cullman Church of Christ.

Teams can register to participate in Relay For Life of Cullman County at Area businesses who would like to participate as sponsors can contact Helen Allen at 256-709-4019 or

For more information about the American Cancer Society and their programs and services, visit or call 800-227-2345.


Agenda: Relay For Life of Cullman County 2017

Friday, May 5th, 2017

6:00 PM – Midnight

Cullman County Fairgrounds


Emcee – Tim Kelly


5:00        Survivor Dinner

6:00        Opening Ceremony

Color Guard – Cullman Area Technology Academy’s JROTC Program

National Anthem – Becky Finley

Invocation – Pastor Eric Martin, Seventh Street Baptist Church

Speaker – Sabrena Handley

6:45        Survivor Walk Across Stage

7:00        Survivor Lap

7:15        Caregiver Lap

7:30        Team Lap / Banner Judging

7:45        Sponsors Lap

8:00        Wallace State Singers

Tent Judging

8:30        Tee Shirt Contest

9:00        Luminaria Service

Speaker – Lori Brown Kuhuski

9:30        Bra Competition*Males must wear a T-shirt underneath

9:45        Boxer Shorts Competition*Females must wear tights / leggings underneath

10:00     Spirit Stick Competition

All ticket drawings must be at the STAGE – Drawings will be done after Spirit Stick Competition

10:30     Womanless Beauty Competition*

11:00     Relay Lip-Sync Battle*

11:30     Closing Ceremony

Fight Back Ceremony

Speaker – Must be present to find out.


All contests are approximate and subject to change


One Team Entry per Competition / Judging


*NOTE:  Nothing Offensive / All entries will be subject to inspection/approval before competition.  During the Bra / Boxer contests, if no undergarments are worn, the entry will not be allowed to compete until the undergarments are added to the contestant.

2017 Beauty of Hope Pageant


Friday, April 28, 2017  6:00PM

A Pageant With A Purpose
The Burrow Center @ Wallace State

Deadline for Early Entry April 21, 2017

Pageant Dress or Sunday Best



Early Pageant Entry (Required) $30; after April 21 and at door, $40


      Baby Miss 0-11 months

      Toddler Miss 12-23 months

      Tiny Miss 2-3 years

      Petite Miss 4-5 years

      Little Miss 6-8 years

      Jr Miss 9-12 years

      Teen Miss 13-15years

      Miss 16-18 years

Side Awards: $5 each or all 5 for $20

Prettiest Eyes

Prettiest Dress


Prettiest Smile

Prettiest Hair


Entries will be accepted at the door with a $40 entry fee.

Admission $3-Contestant and 1 parent free

Wallace State hosting Look Good Feel Better program on Feb. 24


HANCEVILLE, Ala. — Wallace State Community College’s Salon and Spa Management program is now offering an outreach program through the American Cancer Society that helps women deal with the physical changes brought about by treatments for cancer. The program will host a Look Good Feel Better program on Friday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. in the classroom of program’s state-of-the-art facility.

Program director Sabrina Flanigan will lead the session, which shares simple techniques on skin care, makeup, and nail care, and gives practical tips on hair loss, wigs and head coverings. The program is a collaboration with the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Professional Beauty Association.

“I’m very excited and honored to get to be a part of this program,” said Flanigan. “We all know someone who’s been affected by cancer, and as professionals in the cosmetology industry there’s a strong chance our students will one day have a client facing cancer and the side effects of treatments. I hope our participation in the Look Good Feel Better program will not only help people in our community who need this service but will help our students as they prepare to serve others through their work.”

According to the American Cancer Society, Look Good Feel Better began in 1987 when a physician asked for help in organizing a makeover for a woman in cancer treatment who was experiencing dramatic appearance side effects. The makeover not only transformed her looks, but also her outlook, the Look Good Feel Better website notes about its first session.

The Personal Care Products Council, which helped with that first event, saw the potential to help more women maintain their confidence and their self-esteem during such a trying time. Industry leaders offered products and sponsorships and the American Cancer Society joined in the effort, as well as the Professional Beauty Association.

Today, the Look Good Feel Better program is available in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico using products donated by the Personal Care Products Council member companies. There is also a 24-hour hotline, online support, self-help mailer kits and more offered through the program. There’s also an app for both Android and iPhone.

Wallace State’s goal is to host two Look Good Feel Better programs each year during the fall and spring semesters. Area residents who are in or recently completed treatments are welcome to attend at no cost. For more information, contact Sabrina Flanigan at 256.352.8197 or or Gail Crutchfield at 256.352.8064 or For more information about Look Good Feel Better visit

For more information about Wallace State Community College, visit

2017 Kickoff Celebration set for Jan. 12

cropped-once-upon-a-cure-2-1.jpgThe American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Cullman County will kick off the 2017 fundraising season on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church of Cullman, marking the 24th year for local fundraiser organized by a group of local volunteers.

The 2017 Relay For Life of Cullman County event will be held Friday, May 5, 2017, at Cullman County Fairgrounds, from 6 p.m. to midnight. The theme for Cullman’s event is “Once Upon a Cure,” with participating teams encouraged to build their team theme/slogan around books.

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Cullman County’s event is one of more than 5,200 communities in 20 countries where volunteers work together to raise money used to fund research, provide support and services to cancer patients and their families, and educate the public on prevention and early detection.

During a Relay For Life, participants are encouraged to have team members take turns walking around a track or designated path for the duration of the event. The continuous walking is the signify that cancer never sleeps. It also honors cancer patients who don’t stop fighting because they’re tired.

Between now and May 5, teams will be hosting fundraisers as they try to meet their fundraising goals. Teams are asked to raise at least $100 for each registered member of their team. Teams can raise funds through group events, individual fundraising, by securing event sponsorships and more. The Relay For Life committee offers several opportunities for fundraising to all teams.

Teams that choose to set up campsites at the May 5 Relay For Life event continue their fundraising efforts that night by collecting donations for food, goods, games, and activities.

Relay For Life is open to all individuals, groups, businesses, etc., who would like to participate.

“We have families who have banded together to honor loved ones affected by cancer; we have church and school groups and businesses all who want to support the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer,” said Helen Allen, a 23-year veteran of Relay For Life of Cullman County. “We all have been affected by cancer in some way. We all have seen the progress that’s been made over the years, but there’s still a lot of work to do, and we need your help.”

Businesses who may not be able to field a team but still would like to support Relay For Life is welcome to provide help through donations and sponsorships.

Teams can now register at For more information, contact Helen Allen at 256-709-4019 or or ACS Staff Contact Haley Marecle at 256-531-4010 or Follow Relay For Life of Cullman County on Facebook at or on Twitter at @RelayCullman.




Keep track of your Spirit Points

We have Spirit, yes we do! We have Spirit, how ’bout you!!!!

Relay For Life of Cullman County is reinstating its Spirit Point prize for the 2016-2017 fundraising season, and making it easy for teams to keep track.

Teams can download a spreadsheet to keep track of their Spirit Points and turn in their results.Teams should periodically turn in their results to Megan Isbell at as they participate in events or log new points.

Points will be counted from the night of last year’s Relay For Life events through Thursday, May 4, 2017.

The winner will be announced at the 2017 Relay For Life event on May 5, 2017 at Cullman County Fairgrounds. Along with bragging rights, the winning team will receive a plaque to display.


Survivors invited to Coaches vs. Cancer event

All cancer survivors in the Cullman area are invited as special guests on Friday, Oct. 14, 2017, at Cullman High School’s Coaches vs. Cancer event at 2:30 p.m., at Oliver Woodard Stadium, during this week’s Pep Rally. Fox 6 is scheduled to cover the event.

Survivors are encouraged to arrive by 2:10. The event will last about 35 minutes, finishing up shortly after 3 p.m.

Visitors can park in the parking lot nearest to the tennis courts and cross the road to the football field. Visitors can also park in the main parking lot and access the football field between the Old Gym and Baseball Field House.


So put on your purple shirts and and come to the Football Field at CHS next Friday to CELEBRATE all SURVIVORS!!!!

Help Paint the Town Purple!!!

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Cullman County is ready to Paint the Town Purple.

During the first week of May, leading up to the May 6 event at the Cullman County Fairgrounds, Cullman County business and residents are encouraged to show their support of Relay For Life by purchasing a purple ribbon to display for the month of May. The ribbons will be available from any Relay For Life team member.

The fundraiser is offering two options for ribbons. Large ribbons are $25 and the team member who sells the ribbon will take a photo of the business or individuals who made the donation. That photograph will be published in The Cullman Times. Small ribbons are $10, with the donors’ name to be listed in The Cullman Times. The date or dates of publication will be announced at a later day, determined by the number of donations.

“Paint Your World Purple” is the national theme for Relay For Life this year,” said Helen Allen, a 22-year volunteer in Cullman County’s event. “We thought displaying the purple ribbons would be a wonderful way to let area businesses and individuals show their support. We appreciate The Cullman Times donating space in their publication to recognize these supporters.”

Anyone interested in donating to the Paint the Town Purple campaign can contact any Relay For Life team member they know. A list of teams and their members can be found at the Relay For Life of Cullman County website, Or contact Helen Allen at 256-709-4019 or to make a donation and schedule a photograph.