Relay for Life raises awareness along with money

August 17, 2013 by


The tents, lawn chairs, musicians and other entertainers, speakers and walkers were in City Park overnight Saturday (Aug. 17), all part of an annual effort  to raise money for cancer research while also raising awareness about the disease. It’s the Concordia Relay for Life that began at 6 p.m. Saturday and continued in the park until 6 a.m. Sunday.

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Scores of cancer patients and survivors, as well as family and friends, took part in the “Survivors’ Lap” early in the evening. They were followed by local entertainers and speakers. Throughout the evening, teams also raised money with food booths and other activities, including a tiny train to ferry children around the park.

2013-relay-LogoThis year’s Relay raised $24,118. The 19-member Nazareth Motherhouse team raised $5,549.96, and six other teams raised the balance. The three top individual fund-raisers were all members of the Motherhouse team. They were Christina Brodie, who raised $1,130; Mary Jane Gallagher, $620; and Rita Collette. $420.

Co-chairs for this year’s Motherhouse team were Alfreda Maley and Sister Dorothy Marquez. Sisters on the team were Sisters Jean Befort, Ramona Medina, Shirley Meier, Esther Pineda, Judy Stephens, Betty Suther and Jeanette Wasinger. Other team members were Christina Brodie, Rita Collette, Rope Dorman, Mary Jane Gallagher, Michelle Gallagher, Tina Goff, Vikki Jochems, Marcia Mick, Kayla Ramsey and Dottie Vohs. Greg Gallagher and Burl Maley were also on hand to help with the cooking and set up.

Relay for Life is a national fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, in which team members walk laps along the luminaria-lined path throughout the night. The point is to show that cancer never sleeps.

The annual 12-hour event also remembers the people who have died of the disease while celebrating the lives of cancer survivors.


3 Responses to “Relay for Life raises awareness along with money”

  1. Jean Befort on August 20th, 2013 11:05 am

    The vibrant colors of the pictures shared by Sarah above, is exactly the perfect night we had!

  2. Gretchen on August 18th, 2013 12:41 pm

    What a beautiful event. Congrats on your success!

  3. Barbara Redmond on August 18th, 2013 1:23 am

    What a wonderful event! Great weather, great energy, great spirit, great reporting and pictures! Thanks to all of you!

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