Kim Muller and Megan Beam are Greencastle-Antrim Middle School wellness teachers who share an office that’s not much bigger than a table in the Greencastle-Antrim High School library where they led a meeting of Greencastle Relay for Life Team captains Tuesday evening.
Muller and Beam are the new co-captains of the annual American Cancer Society fundraiser, which will be held Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, on the Greencastle-Antrim School District’s Kaley Field.
Last year’s event had more than 500 participants and raised over $170,000.
The 2018 Relay for Life has the Star Wars theme “May the Cure Be With You.”
Many of the team captains and committee members are cancer survivors and their level of involvement shows how dedicated everyone is to finding a cure, according to Muller, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. The cancer metastasized in 2012 and she is now a six-year survivor of stage 4 breast cancer.
“I feel very blessed,” said Muller, who admits she gets mouth sores, her white counts get low and she continues to undergo IV chemotherapy, but finds going to school very therapeutic. Her appearance and enthusiasm are in sharp contrast to the diagnosis.
“She goes through a day of school like a champ,” according to Beam, who has been touched by cancer through a grandmother, cousin and best friend.
Both have been active with the Blue/Gold Cancer Crusaders, the total district Relay for Life team that includes teachers, staff and administrators, as well as student involvement in fundraisers.
When Steve Biesecker asked Muller about replacing him and Bobby Bingaman at the helm of the Relay, she recalls she said, “Not unless Megan helps.”
The new leaders said they get a lot of help from the team captains and committee members, who function like a well-oiled machine, but more volunteers, survivors, teams and walkers are always welcome.
They meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month in the G-AHS library to share ideas and prepare for the Relay.
One change that’s been made for 2018 is shortening length of the Relay from 24 hours since the last several events have been cut short due to weather. It will now run from 4 p.m. Friday until noon on Saturday.
They’ve added events like a campsite decorating based on the Star Wars theme and they are amping up the Miss Relay contest. They want to get local male celebrities to dress up as women who collect donations for the Relay in their purses.
For more information, contact Muller at firstname.lastname@example.org, Barkdoll at email@example.com or Connie Woodruff, community development manager with the American Cancer Society, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.relayforlife.org/pagreencastle.