Dave Laton, left, who died of cancer in January, is the inspiration for this year’s Relay for Life for the Just Cuz-VGH Cares team. Dave is pictured walking with survivor Larry Driscol.

For the past several years, the Just Cuz – VGH Cares  Relay for Life team has raised thousands of dollars to fight cancer.

This year, the group is motivated by the death of one of its members and cancer survivors, Dave Laton, who died of the disease in January.

“This year is all about Dave,” says Beckie Driscol Hobbs, who described her cousin, Dave,  and his impact on her life, with these words: “My best friend, and cousin, who was very, very close to me, lost his life, this year, to cancer. He has struggled and fought with everything he had, but wasn’t able to go on, as the cancer took over. I’m devastated. It has been a very hard time for me, without him in my life. So this year’s RELAY has made me more determined than ever, to raise as much as I can, to help find a cure.”

Hobbs says she has three other relatives who are cancer survivors — her father, aunt and brother-in-law. Seeing all of these people in her family fighting cancer has inspired Hobbs to help raise as much money as possible to fight the disease.

“I will be walking again this year, and raising donations for cancer research, in hopes to find a cure.,” she said. “Last year, I did exceptionally well, and am hoping to do just as well this year, or better. My team, “JUS CUZ-VGH CARES”, has done extremely well each year, and I’m proud to be a part of this great cause. I am devoted to earning money for cancer research.”

To help meet this year’s fund-raising goals, the Just Cuz – VGH Cares team is holding a dance at the Vinton Legion Hall, on May 19. See more information HERE.

The Benton County Relay for Life will take place Friday, June 8, at the Benton Community High School track in Van Horne. Last year’s event raised more than $29,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Click HERE to for more information about signing up a team, attending or donating.