Teams forming for Relay For Life

Judith Matthews sews a label on a pink ribbon-themed quilt Saturday at her store in downtown Clovis. Matthews is donating the quilt to raise money for Relay For Life. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth)

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer

Teams are now forming for the Curry County American Cancer Relay For Life scheduled for May 6-7 at Ned Houk Park in Clovis.

Co-chair Kay Prater is encouraging residents to participate in the Relay any way they can.

“It’s a fun time, it’s exciting, and we walk the track all night long,” said Prater who has participated in the Curry County Relay For Life for the last five years. “We do this because cancer never sleeps.”

Judith Matthews became involved with the Relay by donating a pink ribbon-themed quilt. The pink ribbons represent breast cancer awareness.

“I can not afford to give $500 cash to a charity,” Matthews said. “But I can provide a means for the charity to raise that $500.”

Matthews has created about 20 quilts she has donated to charity events over the last nine years. It was something she started after designing a quilt to express her love for her brother who was dealing with a traumatic event in his life. She did the “Pink Ribbon” quilt because of the stories she heard from women with breast cancer who come into her store.

“This was an opportunity to give back to them, the community,” said Matthews, owner of the Patchwork House on Main Street. “It will be a sampler using the Relay colors.”
Tickets are available at the Patchwork House or from any Relay For Life team member. The drawing will be on the second day of the Relay.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Curry County Relay For Life. This year’s theme is “Relay in the Wild Wild West!”

Event coordinator Dorothy Nelson said the Relay group is “really pushing the Web site this year” to increase the awareness raised in the area.

Anyone seeking information on the Relay can contact event coordinator Dorothy Nelson at 762-5112 or on the Web at

“I don’t know of anyone that cancer doesn’t affect,” Prater said. “It may not be a direct affect, but everyone knows somebody — they have friends, family, coworkers — someone they know is battling cancer. So we have to get everyone involved to find cure.”