The annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Central VT recently announced the final fundraising total of over $121,000 in 2013 to support the Society’s mission of saving lives from cancer.
“Through their hard work in preparing for the event, and by spending hours walking for the cause, area residents certainly did their part to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” said Richard Swenson, volunteer co-chair for the 2013 Relay For Life of Central VT.
The top individual fundraiser was Courtney Tabor who collected $5,345 in donations. The top fundraising team was Together We Can Make A Difference led by Annie Finnegan, which raised $12,420.
More than 484 people, represented by 59 teams, participated in this year’s Relay event. The teams were comprised of area families, faith-based groups, businesses, clubs, schools, and other organizations.
“More than 4,200 people in Vermont will face a cancer diagnosis this year,” said Swenson, “and, it’s critical that we come together during Relay to help the American Cancer Society achieve its mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.”
The Relay For Life of Central VT was made possible in part by generous sponsors and supporting businesses, including the venue sponsor Montpelier High School, Central VT Medical Center, National Life Group, Union Mutual of Vermont, VT Mutual Insurance Group, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Capitol Plaza, Capital City Buick, Ben & Jerry’s, 107.1 Frank FM, Froggy 100.9, The World, Northstar Fireworks, RPM Entertainment, Hannaford’s Supermarket, VT Country Camper, Mekkelsen RV, and Worksafe Traffic Control of Berlin.
Each year, more than 4 million people in 6,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 21 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.
Next year’s Relay For Life of Central VT is scheduled for June 20, 2014 at Montpelier High School. You may get involved with or make a donation to Relay For Life at any time. Check out RelayForLife.org/centralvt or call 1-800-227-2345 for more information.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, ACS saves lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. The American Cancer Society is the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.8 billion. As a result, more than 13.7 million people in America who have had cancer, and countless more who have avoided it, will be celebrating birthdays this year.
To learn more about the American Cancer Society, or to get help, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.