Relay for Life goal set at $180,000

May 12, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Organizers of the Greencastle Relay for Life event have upped the goal to $180,000 to be raised in 24 hours as walkers take to the high school track to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Last year, 650 participants, including 71 cancer survivors and 57 teams, raised $150,169 for cancer education, research, advocacy and patient services, said Cookie Davis, the income development specialist for the ACS in Chambersburg, Pa.

The Greencastle Relay for Life typically is the biggest of the four in Franklin and Fulton counties, Davis said. This year's event is scheduled from Friday, May 19, at 4 p.m. to Saturday, May 20, at 4 p.m., she said.

"It's a celebration. It's not a sober thing," said Janet Stevens, the ACS administrative office manager in Chambersburg.

Stevens emphasized that people can register at the event itself, donate while there, support the Ms. Relay men dressed in drag or walk in several themed laps, including disco, trivial pursuit and couples.


"They (can) light a candle in memory or honor of someone" during the luminaria ceremony Friday at 9 p.m., Stevens said.

"We're having a Relay Alley. They're going to have (gift) baskets that are going to be raffled off. Each team will make a basket (with) some sort of theme," Davis said.

Money raised through Relay for Life goes to the national headquarters, but is used well in Franklin County, said Connie Woodruff, community cancer control specialist.

"We have some financial assistance for people who are going through cancer treatments," Woodruff said.

Also, the office offers Road to Recovery, where drivers take patients to treatments; Reach to Recovery, where visitors check in on women being treated for breast cancer; Look Good ... Feel Better, a free workshop with trained cosmetologists; I Can Cope, an educational series for patients, families and friends; and free wigs and turbans.

"What we do affects your quality of life," Woodruff said.

Co-chairs of this year's Greencastle Relay for Life organization committee are Darlene Higgins and Ruth Knepper. For information, call the ACS office at 717-264-4412.

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