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Area archers aim to help cancer patients

May 25, 2003|by BONNIE HELLUM BRECHBILL

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - About 150 archers braved drizzle, cloudy skies and wet grass Saturday to shoot for the benefit of local cancer patients and for research.

Jim Nichols of Waynesboro, Pa., a member of the Conococheague Archers, which sponsored the 28th Annual Cancer Memorial Shoot, said Chambersburg Hospital is in charge of the distribution of the funds raised in the three-day shoot. Half will be earmarked for research and half will go to help local cancer patients with the costs of medicine, transportation, detection and other expenses.

The 120-member Conococheague Archers is part of the Greencastle Sportsman's Association, on whose grounds the shoot was held. A few cancer patients were among the archers Saturday, Nichols said.

Last year the event raised $7,058, and Nichols said he expects about the same amount this year.

Participants in the 3D "IBO" Animal Shoot took aim at 40 McKenzie targets, including one depicting a lion. Field Round Shooters followed a trail through the woods to a series of 20 targets and shot four arrows at each.

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Deb and Wayne Carter of Hagerstown and Roger Grabiel of West Virginia travel to many archery shoots in the four-state area. They walked together through the damp woods in the Field Round Shoot.

"This is one of my favorite shoots," Deb Carter said. "We don't miss this shoot."

While Grabiel said he taught Wayne Carter to shoot years ago, "now his student is beating him," Carter said.

"Our main goal is to beat each other, then we worry about the rest of the pack," he joked.

An avid fan of the sport, Grabiel said it's a shame that not more young people are involved.

"The (archery competition in the) Olympics came out of field archery. But it's a lost art here," he said.

The Reber family of Watsontown, Pa., drove 100 miles to attend the archery shoot.

"It's a fun family event," Christine Reber said. "This is the fifth year we're here as a family."

While the Rebers attend many shoots, this is the only one in which they all participate.

Logan Reber, 8, said he practiced once for the event. The bow he uses was passed down to him from his sister, Courtney, 11. In her third year of shooting, Courtney said she enjoys "the whole thing."

According to information put out by the Conococheague Archers, in the past 27 years the group has raised more than $145,000 to help fight cancer. Since 1991, proceeds of $88,941 have been enhancing the cancer treatment and diagnostic services available locally through affiliates of Summit Health.

The shoot continues today and Monday.

Trophies will be awarded in nine divisions.

An auction of donated items will be held Monday in the clubhouse from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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