2013-05-23 / Local & State

Relay For Life Raises $29,000 And Counting

132 walk in 18-hour event
By Lindsay R. Mellott

Relay For Life team members walk the McConnellsburg High School track Friday night at the cancer fundraiser. Relay For Life team members walk the McConnellsburg High School track Friday night at the cancer fundraiser. STAFF WRITER

Supporters of the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) war on cancer turned out Friday evening for the annual Fulton County Relay For Life.

One hundred thirty-two participants representing 10 teams walked laps continuously during the 18-hour event at the Mc- Connellsburg High School track to raise money for cancer research and community based support services that help people living with cancer.

By 11 a.m. Saturday when the fundraiser ended, $29,000 of the Relay’s $33,100 goal had been reached, according to Danielle Lavetan, income development representative, East Central Division, ACS. Although a few thousand dollars short of its goal, Relay For Life “donations are still coming in,” Lavetan said.

Co-chaired by Lanette Deneen and Barbara Weller, this year’s Relay featured a surviror ceremony and dinner attended by approximately

30 cancer survivors, entertainment and a luminaria ceremony that paid tribute to cancer survivors and remembered those who died of the disease.

“It was a beautiful weekend, and we had a good turnout, including lots of young people,” said Cochair Deneen. She said the tent competition for participants who spent the night at the track was “great too!”

Teams that brought in the top dollar amounts were FOVA Combat Vets, $7,207; Central Fulton School District, $3,735.20; and Detwiler’s Dynamic Dynamos, $3,204.

The seven other participating teams were FCMC Angels, Buckaroos, Central Fulton FFA, Horse Whisperers, McLaughlin PILLgrims, Whiteheads Waddling Opposums and Survivors Leave Footprints.

Top individual fundraisers were Betty Shelley, $1,605; Trudy Morton, $1,240; and Cheryl Stinson, $860.

Bishop-Raker VFW Post 655, Summit Health, JLG Industries, Patriot Federal Credit Union and Community State Bank of Orbisonia sponsored the 2013 Relay For Life.

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.

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