Volunteers raised more than $140,000 for cancer fight at Relay for Life

By Mike Porter
Following last year’s topping of $1 million in total contributions was difficult, but Delaware County’s Relay For Life did just that. In this difficult time economically, county residents raised $140,000 by the end of festivities on Saturday.
The Relay was held from Friday evening beginning at 6 p.m. and ran until 9 a.m. on Saturday. Fifty-nine teams participated. The Country Cutting Gallery and the MCS Honor Society represented Margaretville. The 27-member Honor Society raised $1,503 to place 25th in fund raising. Most of that was raised within the school. The 26-member Country Cutting Gallery was the top fund-raiser with $23,086. Funds were generated by several large fund-raisers including: a golf tournament held at the Meadows last September, a ski race at Belleayre in January, sales of Christmas wreaths, support by 29 sponsors from the greater Margaretville area, a wait on tables event at Oakley’s in Arkville and the T-Bar in Roxbury and a quilt drawing that raised $1,550 in funds and sales of luminary bags to honor and remember.
The evening was kicked off by a ceremony where Representative Cliff Crouch, a 10-year cancer survivor, gave a short speech. This talk was followed by a survivor’s lap around the track. This lap was followed by the caregiver’s lap. This lap gives credit to all those who help out cancer patients during their treatments and follow-up care.
A third special lap was for all those who have quit smoking in the last year. This lap was a way to say “congratulations on a job well done.” Following these special laps there was a special survivors’ dinner that was held as all the team members of the Relay began the 14-hour vigil.
At 10 a.m., with four rows of glowing luminaries surrounding the track, the names of all cancer survivors honored and all victims of cancer memorialized were read as walkers and the general public circled the track searching out and spending time at loved ones’ candles. All evening walkers were seen stopping at their special luminaries to pay their respects.
There was a closing ceremony where results of several activities were read off. There were friendly competitions for spirit points for doing different activities during the event, the team walking the most laps, the individual logging the most steps by pedometer, best decorated tent and the most money raised.
The Country Cutting Gallery (CCG) took top honors for best decorated tent and most money raised. The $23,086 was an almost $4,000 increase over the total from last year. Following the CCG were the Sidney Federal Credit Union Cure Seekers with $10,824, the Walton Walkers with $7,291, the National Bank of Delaware County with $5,901 and the Hamden Relay For Life team with $4,710.
As the 2010 Relay closed, plans began for 2011. To inquire about forming a team and beginning fund raising, contact Sue Johnson, senior director of special events for the American Cancer Society at SusanKatherine.Johnson@Cancer.org.
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