The family of Kaye Beaty is working hard together in raising money to support the American Cancer Society by participating in Relay for Life 2007.

Beaty, who passed away in April 2006 from a malignant brain tumor, was very active in Relay before being stricken with a sudden illness that has left wounded hearts in everyone who knew her.

The family has since put together a fund-raiser to help raise funds in finding a cure for cancer in her memory.

The fund-raiser is a dinner party for eight, including an appetizer, main course and dessert.

“We all thought of different ideas in ways to raise money toward this great cause and we all agreed with a dinner party of eight because I love to cook,” explained Debbie Barnard, Beaty’s sister. “Also included with the dinner party, we will set up a beautiful table, set up the food, serve and clean up, and best of all, we will do this at the winner’s home.”

The dinner will be prepared by Barnard, who will be assisted in serving by Nicole Beaty (Kaye’s daughter), Laura Barnard and Emily Myers.

Tickets for the drawing are one chance for $25 and three chances for $50, with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. The drawing will be held Friday, June 8, at Relay for Life, with the dinner party being held before Aug. 30, 2007.

The family also has organized two teams - “Kaye’s Krusaders and Kaye’s Krusaders II” - to walk in the event.

Walking in her second year, Nicole said she is looking forward to both the fund-raiser and the event.

“Last year was my first year to participate in the walk and it made such an impact on my life that I decided to join the (Relay for Life) committee, which has shown me that we’re all here for each other,” she said. “I was influenced by my mother, who walked all night during the 2005 event in support of our pastor’s wife, who’s a cancer survivor. I just do it to honor my mom.”

Barnard remembered that year just the same.

“It was only three weeks after the relay that she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and she still wanted to participate in the 2006 Relay event … even in her wheelchair,” Barnard said. “We quickly formed a team of family members and decided to participate in her memory.

“My sister and I were very close and this situation has made such a huge impact on my life and my family,” she said. “Her death hit our family really hard and now we’re wanting to help in finding a cure for cancer. I’ve also become close to people who have experienced similar situations.”

Beaty’s children, Nicole and Trey, received the Caregivers Award at last year’s relay event because of their support and love shown to their mother during her battle.

“I nominated them because they helped out very much in taking great care of my sister,” Barnard said. “They even gave up their apartment to move back home to take care of her. The care and support they gave was just enormous and I knew they deserved this award.”

Forms for the “dinner for eight” drawing are available at Ellis County Abstract and Title Company, 408 Ferris Ave.; Mac Salon at 503 Ferris Ave.; and Farley Street Baptist Church, 3295 N. U.S. Highway 77.

For more information, contact Barnard at (972) 937-3302 or e-mail barnards@sbcglobal.net.

E-mail Chicarra at chicarra.dense@waxahachiedailylight.com