Dear Editor:

This year, more than 3 million men, women and youngsters will take part in approximately 5,300 Relays For Life nationwide. This year, the Archuleta County Relay For Life event is well underway, and has already raised $4,250 to fight back against cancer. Committee members held Kick-Off last Tuesday and had over 17 teams represented there. The Relay For Life committee did an outstanding job of putting the event together. Committee members are Rod Proffitt, Barbara Briles, Paul Lehmann, Jan and Noel Nicholl, Stan Zuege, Nancy Grovhoug, Chip and Marie Munday, Mike Hayward, Sam Conti, Julie Porter and Luke Hansen.

The highlight of the night was hearing local cancer survivor Susan Neder speak of her experience with cancer. Participants were honored to hear her story was full of hope and incredible courage.

I would like to thank residents of Pagosa Springs for their generosity and support. The fabulous evening would not have been possible without PLPOA, who donated their beautiful meeting space, and Farrago’s, who catered the evening.

We also appreciate the incredible generosity of CenturyLink, Elk Park Animal Hospital and Scott Strategic Investments, who have already committed to sponsoring this year’s event. Relay For Life would not be possible without them.

This outstanding show of support proves that the people of Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the American Cancer Society to achieve its mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and fighting back.

You may get involved with Relay For Life or donate at any time. For more information visit

Susan Williams

This story was posted on January 31, 2013.