It should be no surprise to anyone that Heather Filley is considered super fund-raiser, according to City Administrator Harold Selby.
When the Backpackers cook-off chair was invited to city hall to be recognized for her current fund-raising project, she turned the tables on officials, inviting them to team up to help fight cancer.
City officials invited Filley and other organizers of the 2013 and upcoming 2014 American Cancer Association Relay For Life in Pacific fund-raisers to city hall April 1 to be recognized for their success at recruiting walking teams and raising funds.
For the 2013 event, Pacific organizers fielded 16 teams and raised a total of $8,288. Between 300 and 400 people attended, according to Alderman Mike Pigg, who presented certificates of appreciation to Filley and other volunteers.
“As of today they’ve already signed up 15 teams for this year,” Pigg said.
Filley said it’s heartwarming to be recognized for something that is near and dear to her heart.
“So many of us have family members who have battled cancer and some lost,” Filley said. “There is a great need to help people with this disease.”
The 2014 Pacific Relay for Life will be held at Pacific High School, 425 Indian Warpath Drive, Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Since we’re new at this we don’t walk all night,” Filley said. “We walked six hours last year and we’re extending that to eight hours this year.”
Filley said she wants to give credit to the school district for helping organize the late night walk and the Tri-County Senior Center for allowing the group to hold their meetings there.
“I encourage you to come out and set up a team of city individuals,” Filley said.
There is no minimum. The goal is for the entire eight hours each team should have someone on track at all times walking in honor and memory of all those who battled cancer ceremony.
Walkers will see a row of candles lining the track while names of those who lost their battle with cancer are read.
“It’s very empowering,” Filley said. “Many people in our community have been affected by this disease.”
Selby said Filley should be recognized for all of her volunteer efforts.
“It’s great that Heather was selected for this,” he said. “ You’d need a billboard to show everything she does. I was at an event two weeks ago Sunday in Clayton at Westport for a half marathon. It was 24 degrees and it was cold, really cold, and when I reached the finish line there was Heather telling runners where to go.
“When I went to get a number there was Jill Pigg. This event was for the Down’s Syndrome Pujols Family Foundation. Pacific was really represented.”
Joining Filley in the Pacific Council Chamber were Stephanie Godfrey, Debby Hailey, Jill Pigg and Meramec Valley School District Superintendent Randy George.
Those interested in participating in the Relay for Life can register online at www.relayforlifeorg/pacificmo.