Limestone County Modern Woodmen of America Representative presents $2,500 check to the American Cancer Society

ATHENS, Ala. – The Limestone County Relay for Life team, County for a Cure, is starting the 2019 season with a $2,500 check from Modern Woodmen of America Representative Andrew Kirk.

The check was a matching grant for County for a Cure’s 2nd annual Mud Volleyball Tournament. This check allowed the fundraiser to gross over $12,000 which went directly to the American Cancer Society.

Kirk presented the check on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 to American Cancer Society Community Manager Cherry Hammonds and County for a Cure team captain Michelle Williamson.

Hammonds said, “Andrew Kirk with Modern Woodmen is a great friend of the Limestone Relay. With this donation, it will continue to fund the American Cancer Society mission which is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.”

Williamson said, “County for A Cure is very thankful for our partnership with such an amazing organization and look forward to our partnership to continue in the future.”

Kirk said, “It was an honor to partner with the American Cancer Society at the 2018 Mud Volleyball Tournament. Modern Woodmen of America loves giving back and serving its community in which we live.”

About Modern Woodmen of America: Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen supports members, families and communities throughout the United States. As a fraternal benefit society, the organization is defined by its unique blend of financial services, member benefits and community impact opportunities. In 2017, Modern Woodmen and its members provided $20.6 million and 534,000 volunteer hours to support fraternal activities and programs. For more information go to

About the American Cancer Society: The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly 2 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to

American Cancer Society Honors Blake Williams with National Spirit of Relay Award in Youth Achievement

Huntsville, AL – The American Cancer Society recently announced its 2017 Spirit of Relay Awards, seeking to honor and recognize all those who have gone above and beyond to help the organization lead the fight for a world without cancer through the Relay For Life movement. Blake Williams, a 2016 graduate of East Limestone High School and current student at Mississippi State University, received the Youth Achievement Award.

“Blake is an outstanding individual with so much passion for the mission of the American Cancer Society,” said Cherry Hammonds, Community Development Manager. “Even while away at school, he works diligently to secure sponsorships for the Relay For Life of Limestone County. On behalf of the American Cancer Society, I would like to sincerely thank Blake for all that he has done and will continue to do in the fight against cancer.”

The Youth Achievement Award recognizes one Youth Lead nationwide for achieving excellence in youth engagement at their event, as evidenced by increased youth participation and successful youth campaigns and activities. Over the past two years, Williams played an instrumental role in driving the success of the Music for a Cure fundraiser, which showcased area musical talent, while engaging high school band and booster club students.

“I have a passion for it because there have been so many people in my life touched by cancer,” said Williams. “One of the things I really like is that I get to create awareness for all types of cancer. There have been some other volunteers along the way who have taken me under their wing these past two years and really inspired me to work hard. I’m incredibly grateful for Michelle Williamson, Gina Yarbrough and Tammy Waddell. I also wouldn’t be able to be involved in Relay For Life if it weren’t for the unwavering support of my parent, family and friends.”

“This fundraising helps ensure strong support from students in our Relay For Life event, and Blake worked with the students to help make it possible,” added Hammonds.

This nationwide awards program celebrates the success of more than 80 individuals and Relay For Life events in 22 different award categories.