BY MICHAEL REISIG –
Crystal Mos was born and raised in Ink. She lived in the country, her dad was a ranch hand, her mother a day care worker, and she grew up as a county girl. Mos graduated from Mena High School in 2002 and attended Rich Mountain Community College. She eventually took a position with The First National Bank, where she stayed for four years. From there she transferred to The Union Bank of Mena, and she has been there ever since. But that’s only part of the story. More importantly, over the years she has discovered the satisfaction of volunteering for her community, and for causes she believes in.
“It was while I was working for First National Bank that I became involved with The Relay For Life – an event that raises money for The American Cancer Society,” she explained. “The money raised goes to fund research for the development of cancer-fighting/curing drugs. In truth, I didn’t know how important this organization was until I started attending meetings. While doing research the group also honors survivors. We remember them, we support caregivers who supply daily care, and of course, we raise money through events like Relay For Life.”
Mos explained that the Relay For Life is generally held in May, and it’s done at night, to symbolize that cancer never sleeps. It also acknowledges the continual struggle with the many counterparts of this disease.
“This year, on May 10, we raised over $60,000 right here in Polk County,” Moss explained. “Our ‘Celebrity Dinner’ where local celebrities such as Vicki Stanley, Brandon Ellison, Jim Stroope, Janee and Kevin Sweene, and Gary Newcomb, served as waiters and waitresses, was highly successful, raising over $17,000.
“This year marks the 100th year for The American Cancer Society,” she continued. “The Relay For Life was begun in 1985, by a man named Gordy Klatt, and it has been in operation every year since. In the process it has become a worldwide organization. Last year I had the privilege of chairing the event here in Polk County, although I have participated in it for the last five years.
Mos said The Relay is partly about helping others, and giving back to the community, but it’s also an upbeat event.
“While we’re honoring our survivors we also have a good time, with great entertainers and delicious food,” she added. “To me, it’s knowing that I can make a difference in people’s lives, and the money we raise certainly does. And I like being part of an organization that may someday find a cure for all cancers.”
Mos said they’re always looking for volunteers for The Relay For Life and other aspects of The American Cancer Society, and everyone is welcome to join in this important effort.
“I work with a great group of people,” she added. “My committee members are wonderful and we all go out of our way to help each other, and in the end, there’s a huge sense of satisfaction in what we do.”
At 29, Mos still finds time to enjoy life as well. She loves to shop, and the country girl in her loves fishing and hunting as well. Mos says she hopes to remain a part of The American Cancer Society for years to come, and continue to volunteer in our community, making a difference in any fashion she can.