Drew County’s Relay for Life brings in $30,000 for ACS
The night began with a celebration of survivors, but ended with a ray of hope for those who have been, and will be, diagnosed with cancer.
Drew County’s Relay for Life event on Friday raised thousands for the American Cancer Society to help fund cancer research and programs for patients and survivors.
While the teams spent the night raising money through concessions and activity sales, event chair Sandra Norris said she estimates that this year’s Relay for Life raised $30,000 for ACS with more money expected to be turned in to the accounting chair in the near future.
“We are still fundraising and working so we don’t have an exact amount at this time,” Norris said.
She said that while Relay is over, teams can still fund raise towards this year’s Relay goal through the end of the year.
Norris said she’s pleased with the turn out at Friday’s event.
This year Relay had 19 teams to participate. One of the new teams was the MIS EAST students.
The students raised money for Relay in various ways throughout the year including selling candy grams for Valentine’s Day.
Walgreen’s was another new team this year.
Stacie Midwell, store manager, served as the team captain and team recruitment chair for the committee this year.
Midwell said Walgreen’s raised money by selling chances for a $100 Walgreen’s gift card and with other fundraisers in their employee community.
The money raised at Friday night’s Relay for Life and other’s like it go to ACS to fund cancer research and programs for cancer patients.
Some of the programs ACS offers patients include Hope Lodge, a place for patients to stay while receiving treatment away from home; the Look Good, Feel Better program, which is designed to educate women how to combat the affects that chemotherapy and radiation therapy has on the body and the hair; Man to Man, a support group for men with cancer or with a loved one with cancer, and Road to Recovery, a volunteer driven service that provides patients with transportation to and from cancer treatments free of charge.