2017-03-15 / News

Margaretville Hospital Relay For Life team gearing up for annual fight against cancer

Community support key to fund-raising

Margaretville — The Margaretville Hospital Team is participating in the 2017 Relay for Life planned on Saturday, April 29 in Delhi.

Last year, with the generous donations from the Margaretville/Mountainside staff, administration and community, the hospital team raised $7,501 for cancer research, patient navigators, information and support, transportation to and from treatments, and free lodging for cancer patients and their loved ones.

The Margaretville Hospital Team fundraising activities have begun and team captain Marilyn Donnelly expressed hope that community members will respond as generously as they have in years past.

Mrs. Donnelly, who is the hospital’s director of nursing, said her team members are conducting several raffles. The hospital departments collaborated to create Easter baskets and theme baskets (Tickets are 1 for $1, 6 for $5). A second raffle features two beautiful Adirondack chairs that were crafted and donated by Anthony Curley, husband of the hospital’s phlebotomist, Alice Curley. (Tickets for the chair raffle are one for $10 or two for $15) Items are displayed in the hospital lobby Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Margaretville Hospital Team will also be offering businesses the opportunity to participate by sponsoring a “track” sign at the Relay for Life event. Sponsoring a track sign demonstrates a company’s support for the community. Every time a walker circles the track, the company information on the sign will be seen.

“We will customize the sign to meet your needs. You may also sponsor a sign in honor of a special person touched by cancer. Best of all, the sign sponsorship paid for the sign goes to help in the fight against cancer,” Mrs. Donnelly noted.

She said members of the hospital team will be stopping by local businesses by March 31.

In addition, donation canisters will be distributed to various businesses to provide opportunity for their patrons to participate in the campaign against cancer.

Luminaria will again be available for purchase to Honor or in Memory of a cancer victim. When the sun goes down on the day of the Relay, hundreds of luminaria light the way under the stars, and a moment of silence falls to quietly reflect on the courage and strength of all who are affected by cancer.

For more information about the Relay or opportunities to donate, please contact Marilyn Donnelly, Team captain @ 845- 586-2631 Ext 3231 or 914-466- 2742

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The American Cancer Society is committed to saving lives from cancer. But we can’t do it without you. Your donations help us fight all types of cancer, for all types of people, in all types of communities around the globe. Each person who joins Relay For Life can take pride in knowing that they are working towards creating a world free from the pain and suffering of this disease.

Your donations to Relay For Life help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, critical patient care services, education and prevention initiatives, and so much more. Please consider joining a Relay For Life event and fundraising or making a donation today.

Community impact

Every single dollar raised at a Relay For Life event impacts the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives and celebrate life. Everyday. Here’s how fundraising helped communities in the U.S. in 2015:

• 150 million - In cancer research grants.

• 51,000 - Patients guided through the health care system by our patient navigators.

• 1 million - Requests answered for info, help, and support via phone, email, and online chats.

• 316,000 - Rides were provided to and from treatment

• 61,000 - Nights of free lodging at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® facilities.

What is Relay for Life?

Relay is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. Each event is 6-24 hours in length and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don’t stop because they’re tired, and for one night, neither do we.

Each team sets up a themed campsite at the event and continues their fundraising efforts by collecting donations for food, goods, games, and activities. This money will count towards their overall team fundraising goal.

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