Pre-Relay for Life events Benefit run being held in memory of Dr. Susan Betts

By Lynn R. Parks

Events planned for this weekend to benefit the upcoming American Cancer Society's Relay for Life include a 5K run in memory of the late Susan Betts. Betts, who died from ovarian cancer Dec. 26, 2008, at the age of 53, was an optometrist with a practice in Seaford. She was an active member of the Delaware Optometric Society and of the State Board of Optometry and Licensing and regularly volunteered to check the eyesight of pre-school children. In 1990, she was awarded the Seaford Soroptimist Club's Athena Award for her professional leadership in support of women and for her community service. "There are a lot of people who had a lot of respect for Dr. Betts," said Harry Brake, a teacher at Seaford High School who is coordinating the Pre-Relay for Life and the 5K run. "We expect a lot of participants." The run will take place Sunday, starting at 8 a.m. at the newly-christened Vince Morris Trail at Chapel Branch. Cost is $20 and all mothers who participate will be given flowers in honor of Mother's Day. The run is part of the Pre-Relay for Life, which is being sponsored by the Seaford High School Relay for Life team, with assistance from the school's driver's education program and the SHS YELL organization. The Relay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, is planned for May 15 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Mears Health Campus in Seaford.

The Pre-Relay gets underway Saturday morning at 7, with a yard sale at Seaford High School. The school will also host a basketball tournament in the gym Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A volleyball tournament will be held Saturday across the street at the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club. Signups for both tournaments are due Friday. The high school will also be the scene of a hot rod show and a motorcycle show. Registration for the shows starts Saturday at 10 a.m. Representatives and area organizations will be at the Pre-Relay handing out information. There will also be children's games, a flea market, face painting and a dunking booth. Food will be available. On a stage set up beside the school, bands that recently competed in the SHS Battle of the Bands will play throughout the day, starting at 9 a.m. On Saturday evening, Willie Blake Davis and 3 Steps Away, a local Christian rock band, will play in the Seaford Middle School. Tickets for that concert are $15 and will be available at the door. For your information The Pre-Relay for Life, to raise money for the Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society, will be Saturday and Sunday. Most events will take place at Seaford High School. Sunday will feature a 5K run at Chapel Branch near Seaford. For details, call Harry Brake, 629-4587 ext. 405 or 536-1795.

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