10th Annual Colton’s Cookout for a Cure Benefits Relay For Life

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We’ve been doing this for 10 years now. I can’t believe the turnout, year after year. It’s been amazing.”
Beth Evans, Colton’s Mother

CULLMAN – On Saturday, April 11, Werner’s Trading Company hosted the 10th Annual Colton’s Cookout for a Cure to benefit the Colton Evans’ Cteam for Relay For Life. Crowds of people were there, buying barbeque plates and ordering T-shirts. There was also a quilt on display, which will soon be raffled off. Werner’s graciously donated a Yeti Cooler to be given away at some point during the day as well. 

“We’ve been doing this for 10 years now,” said Beth Evans, Colton’s mother. “I can’t believe the turnout, year after year. It’s been amazing. It just seems to get bigger every year; everybody just knows what needs to be done and does it,” she grinned.


THANKS EVERYONE!!!! Just one million x infinity to the bottom of our hearts THANKS!!! What a Blessed day we had!! …

Posted by Colton Evans – The Cteam on Saturday, April 11, 2015

Colton was diagnosed with cancer at the tender young age of nine. He passed away at the age of 17 after battling a brain tumor for eight years. 

He left behind a town that will never forget his courage and strength, as many loved him. He was a true inspiration to all who knew him. 

Humble and gracious, Evans greeted everyone with a warm smile.

She said she could not imagine there ever being a time they did not remember raising money for Relay For Life in her son’s honor. 

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“We’ve had a pretty steady crowd come through today,” said Vanessa Rakestraw, Colton’s aunt.

“We have sold a lot of to-go plates so far today, too. A lot of businesses will purchase plates to take back to their whole office.”

“Mitch Smith Chevrolet always brings cars to the cookout to get people looking this way,” Rakestraw continued. “Mitch was always a huge supporter of Colton,” she mused. 

“He took Colton to an Alabama football game once. We were in a skybox right next door to Nick Saban!” she giggled proudly.

Sponsors of the event included Comfort Care Home Health Hospice, Werner's Trading Co., Ted Calvert's State Farm Insurance and Mitch Smith Chevrolet. Everyone had a great time and much needed money for cancer research was raised. 

For more on Colton Evans and the Relay For Life Cteam, like them on Facebook at Facebook.com/coltonscteam. To find out more about Relay For Life, visit their website at Relay.acsevents.org or go to Cullman’s Relay For Life’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/RFLCullmanAL.