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10th Annual Chambersburg Relay for Life a celebration of life

June 14, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Katina Engles of York, Pa., gives Becky Mull of Chambersburg, Pa., the lap bead key chain she completed for her at the American Cancer Society's 10th Annual Chambersburg Relay for Life at Norlo Park in Fayetteville, Pa., Friday.
By Roxann Miller

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. — Members of the Looney Patoneys pitched three tents and parked a camper at Norlo Park in Fayetteville on Friday to honor the memory of their beloved friend, Pat Moore.

 For the 20 members of her team, it wasn’t about sadness, it was about celebrating her life at the American Cancer Society’s 10th Annual Chambersburg Relay for Life.

“She was always the life of any party. She was a presence,” said Diane Kline, Moore’s sister-in-law. “She was what we named the team — looney.”

Moore passed away nearly two years ago from complications from uterine cancer, Kline said.

With every step that Kline took during the relay, she said she felt Moore’s presence.

“She would want us to have a good time. It was always about having a good time with her,” Kline said.

About 500 people participated in the 24-hour event that began on Friday at 2 p.m. and will conclude Saturday at 2 p.m.

About 21 teams comprised of businesses and individuals took turns walking around the track at Norlo Park to raise money for cancer research and programs.

Julia Klus, regional Relay for Life lead for the American Cancer Society, said the goal of this year’s relay is to raise $55,000. Last year’s event raised about $57,000.

“We’re making a difference. One day we hope to eliminate the word cancer from our vocabulary,” event Chairman Eric Alleman said.

Cancer took two important women out of the life of Katina Engles of York, Pa.

Last year her grandmother lost her battle with breast cancer, and 13 years ago, Engles’ mother lost her battle with brain cancer.

“I think it’s important that we try to raise enough money and awareness to fight cancer, because it’s becoming a major problem,” Engles said.

F&M Trust co-workers Kathie Cottingham of Chambersburg (Pa.) and Nichole Earley of McConnellsburg (Pa.) laced up their sneakers for the cause.

“I definitely think this makes a difference,” said Earley who brought her children Kendall, 4, and Bronson, 8, to the event.

It’s important that parents teach their children the importance of helping others, she said.

Cancer affects everybody, Earley said.

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