At Ouachita Independent Bank, cancer has touched the lives of a lot of employees, both directly and indirectly. Because of this, the bank is once again participating in Relay for Life as Team OIB.

“There's no way to list how each of our lives have been impacted individually by cancer,” Chelsea Hixon, team captain said, “so we are supporting the overall community. Last year, we also lost a Monroe co-worker to cancer.”

To raise money for the American Cancer Society the bank has been selling moon, sun and footprint cards from Relay for Life. Moons cost $1, suns $2 and footprints $5 and feature space to add the name of a cancer survivor. The team has also been selling World's Finest Chocolate bars and cookbooks that were donated to their group.

The hardcover cookbook is named “Variations and Improvisations” and is available for $5 at the bank. According to Hixon the book features recipes and supplemental content such as wine pairings and music pairings.

Team OIB has set a fundraising goal of $6,000, an increase over last year's goal.

“I'm proud that it's getting bigger and bigger every year,” Hixon said. “Every year we've done this, we've raised more and more money. Having a goal helps us stay motivated. This year our goal was $6,000.”

While they haven't yet met that goal, the team has plans for raising more money on the night of the event by selling flavored popcorn and hot dogs and, possibly, copies of the cookbook.