Oregon State Women's Basketball Participates In Relay For Life

May 18, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Recently, on Friday, members of the Oregon State women's basketball team participated in the Relay For Life, an annual event held across the nation to benefit the American Cancer Society.

According to newspaper accounts, more than 1,000 participants attended the event in the quad of the MU Friday night. Participants were grouped together in teams and walked, ran, jogged or skipped around the track to help raise money. Each team had at least one representative on the track during the entire event, which ran from 6 p.m. Friday night through 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

Members of the women's basketball team participated in the 'Survivor Walk' to support Jim Lehmann, who is currently battling squamous cell neck cancer, as well as his wife and caregiver, Chaplain Sammi Lehmann.

Jim and Sammi are members of the Rebounders, the women's basketball booster club, and have been permanent fixtures at the women's basketball practices and games.

'It was an incredibly amazing feeling to walk a lap as a survivor, surrounded by my primary caregiver and wife, my `music bud', and my adopted family - the Oregon State women's basketball team,' Jim said. 'This was truly a gauntlet of love and support.'

'It was great to see so many different groups of people coming together to support such a wonderful cause,' said 2009-10 junior Talisa Rhea. 'The survivors are a true inspiration to us all and were all very excited to show our support, especially to our friends Jim and Sammi.'

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