Consolidated Relay for Life raises funds to fight cancer at Franklin Park

Amy Fry, left, and Lynne Rash walked around the Franklin Park track at the Northeast Johnson County Relay for Life Saturday.
Amy Fry, left, and Lynne Rash walked around the Franklin Park track at the Northeast Johnson County Relay for Life Saturday.

Amy Fry and Lynne Rash usually see each other at work. But the two colleagues were happy to be spending time together out of the office as they made their way around the Franklin Park track Saturday. And happy to be supporting a good cause.

As part of the corporate team from TrueBlue Inc., they were one of 22 teams participating in this year’s Northeast Johnson County Relay for Life. And like many of the walkers who made their way around the park from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., they had experience with cancer. Fry’s mother is a breast cancer survivor. Rash has had people close to her diagnosed with the disease.

“Cancer touches all of us,” Rash said. “Personally, I’ve had some close to us recently. I decided this was the right thing to do, to come out and help raise some money.”

Organizers put together the first event at Franklin Park in 2012. After hosting the event under the banner of the “Prairie Village Relay for Life” in 2012 and 2013, they decided to combine the event with the “Northeast Johnson County Relay for Life,” which had been held separately in the past, but to keep the event at Franklin Park.

“They consolidated because the events were too small,” said Mary Wooldridge, one of the organizing volunteers for this year. “We’re actually thinking of consolidating again for next year. We’re thinking about having just one big Johnson County event next year.”

Wooldridge, who lives in Prairie Village, said she volunteered to help put together the event because cancer has hit close to home for her as well. Both of her parents and her brother had the disease, and and she herself had skin cancer.

“It affects so many,” she said.