Friday, May 26, 2017

Relay for Life

Relay_057webThe Relay for Life started in 1985 as a fundraising campaign for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has evolved into a worldwide volunteer-driven fundraising event which raises over 4 billion annually.

On Saturday, April 20th, 17 teams and almost 200 people in Bollinger County met at Twin City Park in Marble Hill, to participate in the Relay for Life. Regency Management participated in the event with 16 employees, staff, family, and friends to make up the “Regency Gang.”

The “Regency Gang” consisted of: Susan (Captain), Brian (Captain), Doug, Katy, Shakota, Billy, Kyle, Mallory, John, Janice, Joyce, Sherry, LaDonna, Steve, Wendy, and Leona.

Relay_098webThe purpose of the Relay is to raise funds and awareness to help those facing cancer. Some relays are 24 hours in length, while others, such as the one in Bollinger County, lasted 12 hours. The light and dark of the day during the 12-hour period represents the highs and lows of what cancer patients go through, both physically and emotionally. The Relay kicked off with the Survivors Lap, wherein the cancer survivors lined up and walked the first lap together. Then, the caregivers joined the Survivors, followed by all of the participating team members.

After the kickoff, the team members retreated to their individual booths which were set up all around the track. At least one member of each team walked continuously around the track for the entire 12 hours of the Relay. Other key moments of the event included the Luminaria Ceremony, which is a candle ceremony to represent those individuals who were lost to cancer, as well as the Fight Back Ceremony which inspires participants to take action against the disease.

This year’s theme was “Hollywood Movies” and all of the booths were decorated with film strips,

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 stars, and Oscar statues. Each team has its own booth where team members sell food, drinks, crafts, and other items to help raise money. The “Regency Gang” raised money by making and selling potholders, scarves, jewelry, painted glasses and ornaments, raffling off a homemade quilt, as well as by selling desserts, drinks, and other food at their booth.

One of the team captains this year, Brian, also participated in the Relay last year. He was proud and excited to serve as a Captain this year, as the extra responsibility enabled him to go to all of the meetings.

“I was more prepared,” he stated emphatically.

The other team captain, Susan, a Regency staff member, was one of the overall top fundraising participants with over $600 in donations. Together, the Regency Gang raised over $2,200, while all 17 teams combined managed to raise over $35,000 for the American Cancer Society.

 

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