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Ducks bring in cancer funds

August 10, 1998

Duck DerbyBy DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg

photo: MIKE CRUPI / staff photographer [enlarge]




GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Number 884 edged out a field of 1,250 competitors Sunday afternoon to win the Ninth Annual American Cancer Society Duck Derby Race at Martin's Mill Covered Bridge Park.

The winning duck was bought for $5 by Richard Gutshall of Shippensburg, Pa., who will receive $500 from Citizens National Bank of Southern Pennsylvania. Connie Woodruff, executive director of the Franklin County (Pa.) unit of the American Cancer Society, said the event raised more than $6,000 for the society's programs and research.

Hundreds of people lined the banks of the Conococheague Creek to watch what started out as an agonizingly slow race of about 300 yards from where the bright yellow ducks were dumped out of blue barrels into the creek to the finish line at the bridge.

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As the channel narrowed, the pace picked up from barely perceptible to about two miles an hour.

The unofficial running time: About 18 minutes.

Gutshall's entry edged out the duck of Carol Stouffer, of Orrstown, Pa., who won a $100 photo session from Wilma's Photography in Greencastle. Third went to Sherry Fisher of Greencastle, who won a 68-piece china set.

Twenty-six prizes and gift certificates from other area businesses were also awarded.

Woodruff said 26 cents of every dollar raised goes to the national American Cancer Society, which then allocates the money to research facilities around the nation. That includes $14 million in cancer research being done in Pennsylvania, she said.

The rest of the money stays in Franklin County, funding support groups for people who have suffered breast or prostate cancer and programs such as Look Good, Feel Better. That program teaches women how to deal with the cosmetic effects of cancer, Woodruff said.

The society also runs local programs to help people with the cost of medications and transportation to and from treatments, she said. She said the event helps fund nutritional and educational programs, as well.

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