Relay For Life Tops Goal
Fulton County’s Relay For Life fundraiser Friday and Saturday at the McConnellsburg High School track blew past last year’s $24,330 net as well as its 2012 goal of $28,000 to make $31,299 for the America Cancer Society’s (ACS) fight against cancer.
“I was very pleased and thrilled with the turnout and applaud the community for their support,” said Lanette Deneen, who co-chaired this year’s Relay with Barb Weller. “It was a wonderful opportunity to come together as survivors, caregivers, families and friends to celebrate each new day of winning the fight against cancer.”
Sunny skies and warm temperatures prevailed throughout the 24-hour event, making the walk around the high school track a pleasant task for the 18th annual Relay’s 165 participants, who represented 12 teams, four more than the eight teams that took part in 2011.
Teams that brought in the top dollar amounts were Central Fulton School District, $7,033; Survivors Leave Footprints, $4,798; and McLaughlin’s Pilgrims, $3,208. Individuals taking top fundraising honors were (1) Irvin “Jake” Seburn, (2) Betty Shelley and (3) Nancy Fegan.
Thirty-seven cancer survivors walked the official first lap of Relay on Friday and afterwards were celebrated at a survivor reception that included cancer survivor George Cutchall, of Harrisonville, speaking about the challenges he has faced in his battle against the disease. Survivors received a gift from the Relay Committee and ACS and, along with their caregivers, enjoyed a lasagna dinner prepared and served by the Fulton County Medical Center (FCMC) Angels Relay team and FCMC staff.
At 9 p.m. 241 luminarias were lit in memory or honor of loved ones who have had cancer as their names were read aloud. The luminarias were put together and placed around the track by the Xi Eta Lambda chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and McConnellsburg High School National Honor Society members.
Deneen said it takes a lot of volunteers, a lot of work and many months to get ready for the annual fundraiser. She called this year’s Relay volunteers an “amaz- ing group.”
“As the old adage reminds us, ‘many hands make light work.’ When a group of talented volunteer people come together, great things happen,” Deneen said.
Relay sponsors included Summit Cancer and Hematology Services, JLG Industries, FCMC, Patriot Federal Credit Union, American Legion Post 561, FOVAVFW Bishop-Raker Post 655, Central Fulton School District, Susquehanna Bank and Community State Bank of Orbisonia.
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 ACS is the nationwide community based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. For up-to-date cancer information 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call 1-800-ACS- 2345 or visit www.cancer.org.