Mary Payton - Community Manager, Relay for Life

Saturday, February 13, 2016 5:01 PM | Kaitlyn Brosh

Current Position:

I absolutely love my position with the American Cancer Society (Community Manager, Relay For Life), I get paid to, spend time with some outstanding volunteers, do what I love and something I am very passionate about. I have been “relaying” for many years and now I get the privilege of calling it my career!” 

Relay For Life holds a high importance to me not just in my professional life but in my personal life too. I “Relay” for my grandmother who passed away from cancer in the 70’s, my mother who is a five year breast cancer survivor (whoohoo!!!) and for my niece and nephew, because I hope that with the constant research, prevention mechanisms, and education that the American Cancer Society keeps developing, my niece and nephew will NEVER have to hear the words “you have cancer”. 


Mary Payton grew up in New Braunfels, TX where she attended Canyon High School and ventured to Wichita Falls, TX to attend Midwestern State University where she studied Business Marketing and Mass Communications. While in college, Mary worked for a venue called the “Neon Spur” and Cumulus Media (94.9 The Outlaw). These connections helped her drastically when she founded “Texas Wishfest” which is an ongoing spring concert that has been adopted by a fraternity at Midwestern State that benefits the Make A Wish Foundation of North Texas. This is where Mary found her “non-profit roots” since then, she has served in various volunteer roles for the Boy Scouts of America, the Boys and Girls Club of San Angelo, the Leadership San Angelo Alumni Association, the Junior League of San Angelo, and has transferred from her volunteer role to a staff role for the American Cancer Society. 

Mary moved to San Angelo to be close to her niece and nephew who moved here with their parents in January of 2011. Family is a high priority for Mary Payton. I volunteer my time in building a better community because I want to build the community that my family and peers to be proud to live in.  She says without the support of her family, she wouldn’t be able to do what she does on a daily basis. When Mary is not working or volunteering she is spending time with her family, playing Bunco with friends, baking, and spending quality time with her two labs – Jack and Fancy.

How to get involved with Relay:

I encourage everyone to participate in the 2015 Relay For Life on June 5, 2015 For more information about the event go to our website at or call our office at 325-944-2500

Contact Her:

Phone Number: 325-944-2500 (office)
                              830-237-2854 (cell)



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