With inspiring opening statements by Mrs. Maine and Josh Langevin, along with Mrs. Kristin Bruno of the American Cancer Society (ACS), this year’s Relay for Life at Blair got off to a great start at 8:00 PM.
Mrs. Bruno told the Blair community that we “have raised over $24 Thousand for the American Cancer Society,” and that it could “easily be $25 Thousand by the end of the night.” Later on Saturday night Mrs. Bruno said that “we’ve reached nearly $30 Thousand.” Students and faculty alike helped to raise an enormous amount of money Saturday night in addition to the fundraising that had already been going on for weeks.
The Relay teams did a fantastic job with their fundraising campaign, with Women of West & Friends raising over $3500. That money will all go toward helping the ACS fund research events and provide assistance to cancer sufferers and survivors.
“Just think about the impact WE are making, the impact YOU are making,” said Mrs. Bruno in her speech – that impact included providing lodging to over 120 people and providing over 1000 wigs to cancer sufferers.
Josh Langevin took on the role of Leadership Event Chair because “[his] mom had breast cancer, and it was a hard time, but the ACS really helped [his family] out so that [they] could get through it.” Josh put in an enormous amount of work campaigning for Relay and getting people to donate to a cause that he, and thousands more, find deeply important.
I think it is safe to say that the many community member on the track Saturday night share Mrs. Brandwood’s feelings about Relay for Life. Mrs. Brandwood, a cancer survivor, said: “Relay for Life is unbelievably important because it gives us a chance to remember and to honor and to celebrate … and to help there be as many survivors in the future as is at all possible. It is a perfect, joyful celebration, and Blair should be very proud of the job that they have done.”
Not only is Relay a wonderful celebration and fundraising event for fighting cancer, but it is also a great time for everyone in the community. Games were played on the turf and food was cooked by the stands. Students played trivia games at the broadcasting station, and the entire student body came to know that Alex Roberts knows his US Presidents quite well, walking away with two sticky blob toys as prizes.
Relay for Life was such an exciting event this year, and it will undoubtedly be just as successful next year, so in the words of Mrs. Maine “Go Bucs; kick Cancer’s butt.”
(Copyright Tys Sweeney 2015)