In one particular case less is more when it comes to an annual effort in Garvin County, now only days away, designed to help lick cancer.

One of many things being featured as part of next weekend’s Relay For Life event in Pauls Valley is a sacrifice that could bring in some big bucks for a true community drive that raises money for the American Cancer Society.

The sacrifice comes in the form of a friendly competition that will leave its “winner” with less on top.

Pitting Garvin County’s two assistant district attorneys against each other, the contest calls for the one raising the most Relay money to have his hair lowered in a big way.

Put simply, the one with the most donations going his way, Brant Elmore or Dee Graves, will have his head shaved in the name of a good cause.

With donations being taken in their names at both the offices of the district attorney and court clerk, both in the Garvin County Courthouse, the winner will get his locks chopped at the start of this year’s Relay For Life.

The annual event will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday, June 2 with opening ceremonies and cancer survivors making the traditional one lap around the track at Pauls Valley’s football stadium in Wacker Park. That will be followed by various activities stretching into Saturday, June 3.

The idea of putting the prosecutors on the line for the cause actually came from the other employees in their own office.

“We were trying to think of something that would be fun to raise money for Relay For Life,’ said Megan Gregg.

“We thought about kiss the pig, but I came up with the shaved head idea. We were looking for volunteers, and they’re good sports,” she said.

“Whoever has the most money will have his head shaved on Friday night at the Relay.”

Like so many other people, Gregg is also getting involved for personal reasons.

“It’s a personal thing for me because my grandfather died of lung cancer,” she said.

The idea already appears to be paying off as the cash is beginning to pile up in canisters set up in the two courthouse offices allowing for the donations to go for either Elmore or Graves.

With the contest coming in the spirit of a good cause, both prosecutors are able to put the “prize” in proper perspective.

“It’s for a good cause,” Graves said.

“I’m sure there’s people out there that would like to see one of us get our heads shaved,” he said.

“I’m pretty confident Brant will be the winner.”

Graves added his head has been shaved before “so it’s no big deal. It’s only hair. It grows back.”

“Relay For Life is a thing our office has pushed for several years,” Elmore said.

“One of our employees at the Norman office has a daughter with cancer,” he said, referring to Rhett Burnett, a district attorney investigator who formerly worked in Pauls Valley.

“And my aunt has survived two rounds of colon cancer. So this is a good time to step up for the cause.

“They came to me and asked if I would serve up my head. I’ve never had my head shaved, so now I’m facing my greatest fear.”

With the Relay For Life event here set to commemorate a decade of collecting money to help continue the battle against cancer, committee co-chair Bill Jones said there will be plenty going on at the local football stadium once Friday night rolls around.

“The 2006 Relay For Life will be kind of special because we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary this year,” Jones said.

With a theme of ‘Celebrating Life,’ this year’s Relay has a target goal of collecting $80,000.

“A lot of food and activity booths will be set up and competitive games between relay teams will be going on all through the night and they can get pretty entertaining,” he said.

“One of the highlights will be the Relay Queen competition where the male candidates dress in drag and mill through the crowd and collect donations for the American Cancer Society.

“This year’s event will be more like a beauty pageant than in years past.”

Cancer survivors will not only get the Relay going Friday night, they will actually get things started earlier in the week, said Lou Hall, a cancer survivor herself.

A “Survivor’s Tea” is planned from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 at the Presbyterian Church.

There cancer survivors can come for fellowship, enjoy refreshments and receive their free Relay For Life T-shirt.

Remembering those lost from cancer will also be a big part of the Relay once again.

“We’ll be giving people a chance to honor their loved ones at this year’s Relay For Life during the Luminaria Ceremony,” Hall said, adding the cost is $5 for a luminary.

“We’ll be having the slide show presentation again this year where we project pictures of loved ones on a large screen in the stadium,” she said. The cost here is $6.

“You can also have a large star placed on the fence next to the track in honor of a loved one for $15.

“For $21 you will get a luminary, picture and a star.”

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