The Relay For Life of Jackson County raised $50,663 to support the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives from cancer, leaving teams and volunteers exhausted, but happy, after walking many miles at Flinn Field on June 8.
“Through their hard work in preparing for the event, and by spending hours walking for the cause, Jackson County residents certainly did their part to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” said Denise Toler, volunteer chair for the 2012 Relay For Life.
The top three individual fundraisers were Hazel Brammer, who collected $2,304 in donations; Sarah McVay Freeland, who collected $2,113 in donations; and Christina Curry, who collected $1,409 in donations. The top fundraising teams were Recycled Teenagers, led by Hazel Brammer, who raised $5,900; Constellium Rolled Products, led by Emily Tippens, who raised $5,750; and Calvary United Methodist Church, led by Mike Wilt, who raised $4,294.
More than 695 people , representing 35 teams, participated in this year’s Relay event. The teams were comprised of area families, faith-based groups, businesses, clubs and other organizations.
“More than 160 people in our community alone will face a cancer diagnosis this year,” said Toler. “And, it is critical that we come together during Relay to help the American Cancer Society achieve its mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.”
The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life OF Jackson County was made possible by Constellium, WesBanco. Premier Bank, Ravenswood High School, Brandon’s DJ & Sound Services, Jackson Home Health, Ravenswood Police Department, new Adventures RV, WOWK-TV, 98.3 The Bull, Jackson Newspapers, Suddenlink, Cheryl Donohoe/Cunningham Realty, Ripley Family Medicine, River valley Health & Wellness Center, Custom Detail, US Army Reserve/Ripley Branch, Jackons County ATVs, Star Printing, Ravenswood Drug and Dave’s Auto Supply.
A big thank-you goes out to the hardworking 2012 committee members who are Denise Toler, Ruth Dale-Sergent, Debbie Casto, Kathy Carmichael, Bill Williams, Hazel Brammer, Jeanette Morgan, Emily Tippens, Anna Swisher, Bev Hardy, Rod Hardy, Brittany Selvage, Trudy Humphreys, Brandon Humphreys, Lori Mahan and Community Manager Tambra Cheman and Senior Manager Jennifer Davis.
To learn more about Relay For Life, visit www.RelayForLife.org/jacksonwv or call 800-227-2345.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, the organization fights for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. ACS saves lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.
Page 2 of 2 - As the nation’s largest nin-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, ACS turns what they know about cancer into what they do. As a result, moren than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year.
To learn more about ACS or to get help, call any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-22345 or visit cancer.org.