ESA sisters record miles for life

ESA sisters record miles for life by Kate Kelley Fifteen members of the Vermillion Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) hit the pavement recently to celebrate life. The organization took part in the Relay for Life held Sunday at the DakotaDome. The American Cancer Society event celebrates life, raises funds and provides cancer education.

The ESA sisters joined a throng of walkers from Vermillion and surrounding communities to complete the laps around the Dome's indoor track, lined with luminaries representing cancer survivors and victims. The brightly decorated luminaries were a sentimental reminder of friends and loved ones who have battled the disease.

ESA members often slowed their pace to read the names and relate memories of those who were honored that day.

"Events like this are important to the community because they support people whose lives have been touched by cancer," said Becky Rider, ESA member and Vermillion elementary schools band teacher. "I am a cancer survivor, as are a number of my friends and even some of my students, but I have also lost friends and students to this disease. I'll do anything I can to help find a cure so that events like this will some day not be necessary!"

Rider joined Gayle Bliss, Barb Campbell, Lynne Day, Betsy Gottsleben, Shelly Koller, Lea Noonan, Lois Nygaard, Dot O'Connor, Pat Pravacek, Bernadette Reasoner, Susan Richardson, Patty Rarick, Earleen Varns and Kate Kelley for the afternoon event.

The group chose a patriotic theme decorating both themselves and their table in red, white and blue.

ESA International¨, founded in 1919 as Epsilon Sigma Alpha, is a leadership-service organization with approximately 15,000 members and 1,200 chapters in the U.S. and abroad. ESA offers its members leadership training, education and fellowship to assist and enhance their local and national philanthropic work.

By challenging members to explore and develop their abilities, ESA International promotes confidence and competence and opens the door to greater career opportunity.

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