2010-05-27 / Front Page

Relay For Life Raises $27,000 For ACS

Survivors, supporters walk at fundraiser
By Lindsay R. Mellott STAFF WRITER

Cancer survivors walk the opening lap of the 16th annual Relay For Life Friday evening at the Fulton County Fairgrounds near McConnellsburg. Cancer survivors walk the opening lap of the 16th annual Relay For Life Friday evening at the Fulton County Fairgrounds near McConnellsburg. Friday and Saturday’s 16th annual Relay For Life event at the county fairgrounds managed to net $27,192 for the American Cancer Society (ACS) in spite of the economic challenges facing many here.

Donations to the the annual fundraiser were down over last year when Relay For Life took in $42,500, and the downturn kept the event from reaching its 2010 goal of $49,000.

Although the event organizers were “a little disappointed” after last year’s success, ACS staffperson Erin Geisner says that donations to many ACS fundraisers have fallen in the last year.

“It’s a trend we’re seeing,” Geisner said. “The economy has not gotten a whole lot better, and people are realizing they can’t afford to give as much or at all.”

Cancer survivors and caregivers enjoy a luau-style meal Friday evening following Relay For Life openings ceremonies. Cancer survivors and caregivers enjoy a luau-style meal Friday evening following Relay For Life openings ceremonies. About 200 people representing 10 teams walked in the 24- hour fundraiser, Geisner said.

Relay teams that brought in the top dollar amounts this year were Central Fulton, $6,304; Detweilers Dynamic Dynamos, $5,767; and Team Shelley, $3,949. Individuals taking top fundraising honors included Betty Shelley, $3,949; Eileen Detweiler Mc- Quait, $724; and Irvin “Jake” Seburn, $610.

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.

The opening ceremony Friday evening recognized each of the 40 cancer survivors in attendance. After walking the Relay’s first official lap, which was led by members of the 4-H Horse & Pony Club and their mounts, the survivors, their caregivers and Relay team members enjoyed a luau-style meal. The cost of the meal, according to Geisner, was underwritten by Fulton County Medical Center, and the center’s Relay team members were the servers.

At 9 p.m. 290 luminarias were lit in memory or honor of loved ones who have had cancer as their names were read aloud.

Geisner said that Friday’s great weather brought “a really good turnout” to the fairgrounds. “A lot of people said they really enjoyed the survivor ceremony,” she said. Cooler temperatures and rain kept attendance well down on Saturday.

Relay For Life 2010 was cochaired by Carol Singel and Michelle Seburn. Sponsors included Summit Cancer and Hematology Services, Palmer/Albert Crab Feed, JLG Industries, Fulton County Medical Center, Patriot Federal Credit Union, Tower Bank and Thomas Automotive Family.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major helath 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.

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