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Siler City Relay for Life loses a long-term corporate sponsor

By Rita Marley-McKenzie
Posted Friday, April 12, 2013

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Siler City, NC - My mom, Lynne Marley, has tied the Relay for Life purple bows for the past ten years (since 2003) to honor the memory of her brother, Edward Tilley, who died from bone cancer May 24, 2002. Over the years, a lovely woman named Betty Terry carefully collected the bows and gently delivered them to the volunteers, who sold them to the public. The bows have always been of top quality and absolutely beautiful. Anyone who knows my mom’s work knows she puts her heart and soul into making every bow.

Unfortunately, Betty Terry’s cancer progressed over the past several months, and she left this world only days ago. Another person took over the collection of the bows this year and crammed them into plastic bags and stuffed them into her car, even though my mom begged her not to. By the time they reached the volunteers for distribution, the bows were wrinkled and crushed. My mom called the director of the Relay and discussed her concerns and even offered to store the bows and distribute them to the volunteers directly.

Instead of taking my mom up on her offer, the Relay volunteers decided to pick up the ribbon and have another organization make the bows.

Please note that the Relay bows this year are NOT made by Lynne Marley of Lynne’s Outlet as they have been for the past 10 years. My mom has tied 500 - 1,000 bows each year free of charge for the benefit of the Relay for Life. This was a near and dear cause to her, and she is devastated that rumors are floating across the county that “her” bows were not of the quality they have been in the past. At the time they left her store, they were absolutely beautiful bows, and she was more than willing to continue her support this year and in years to come for the Relay.

Unfortunately, due to mismanagement and insensitivity, they have lost a corporate sponsor.

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