Relay For Life Nets $42,000
Fulton County won a key battle in its war on cancer Friday and Saturday, netting a little more than $42,000 for the American Cancer Society (ACS) at the 15th annual Relay For Life held here at the fairgrounds.
Two hundred individuals made up the 18 fundraising teams that took part in the overnight event and despite hard economic times exceeded the Cancer Society's 2009 goal of $40,000 for Fulton County.
"It's amazing how well we have done," said Connie Woodruff, ACS staff person.
Last year the Fulton County Relay For Life raised $35,128 after expenses.
"We've had some really bighitters this year," said Anthony D'Anna, who has chaired Fulton County's Relay for the last three years. "The hospital did good, Kathy Kendall and the kids at school had a really big year, and the kids who cut their hair did good."
A spaghetti dinner, mini-relay and the annual Snowball king and queen fundraiser helped the Central Fulton School District raise $8,247 to nab top team fundraising honors. Following in second and third places were teams from Fulton County Medical Center.
Taking first place in individual fundraising, as she has for many years, was cancer survivor Betty Shelley with $2,697. She was followed by Trudy Morton in second place and Lanette Deneen in third.
The Relay's opening ceremony Friday at 5 p.m. began with a kickoff lap walked by county cancer survivors and recognition of each survivor in attendance. A dinner for the survivors, their caregivers and team members followed. Around 40 cancer survivors took part, according to Woodruff.
At 9 p.m. 250 luminarias were lit in memory or honor of loved ones who have had cancer. Luminarias were sold for a suggested donation of $5 each.
The money Relay For Life raises is used by the ACS for cancer research and community based support services that help people living with cancer.
Relay For Life 2009 was sponsored in part by Summit Cancer & Hematology Services, FOVAVFW Bishop-Raker Post 655, Fulton County Medical Center, Knobsville United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 561, JLG Industries, The Fulton County News, Fulton County Fair Association, McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. and Community State Bank.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.
For up-to-date cancer information 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.