BRATTLEBORO — Despite the rain, Relay for Life of Windham County met its goal of $61,000, with 26 teams and 246 participants coming out to Saturday's event.
Jessica Green, event co-leader for Relay for Life of Windham County. has been participating in the event for 10 years, and she said the only difference noticeable in this year's event from past ones was the weather.
"People are still out here, still walking in the rain. Cancer doesn't stop, so neither do people on the track," said Green.
Svea Howard, Relay's community manager, made special note of two new teams this year – The Brattleboro Deaf Club and the Plush Bunch – that she thought showed impressive participation with fundraising and running laps around the track at the event, which was held at Brattleboro Union High School from noon until midnight. Howard also highlighted what she called an "amazing" returning team, "Team Superhero," which continues to reach its goal of $20,000 each year.
Each year, Andrea Scott of Bellows Falls and the head of Team Superhero, hosts an event called "Dance Away Cancer," which includes live music, dancing, corporate donations and auction items that aid their fundraising efforts for the annual Relay For Life event. Scott has been participating in the event for about six years, and she continues to show up as the cause is near to her heart.
"I lost both of my parents to cancer, my dad died in 2001 and mom died in 2012," said Scott.
She noted that her mom started Team Superhero in honor of Scott's dad, and now Scott carries on the tradition in remembrance of both her parents.
"We want to just keep going as long as we have the interest, and now that we've reached $20,000 the last few years, we hope to keep doing that," said Scott. "The fundraising goes toward research and eventually we hope we have not only cures, but treatments and preventive stuff that can help save lives."
Howard mentioned that one of her favorite portions of the event is the Road to Recovery/Mission lap, which she says provides a visual for people as it demonstrates that some of the donor dollars goes toward assisting with transportation for those with cancer that need help getting to and from treatment.
"If transportation is the only thing between them and treatment, we don't want that to be the reason they don't get treatment," said Howard. "So we do have a program through ACS (American Cancer Society) that patients can call and we can hook them up with drivers and then drivers take them to and from treatment."
For more information about Relay For Life contact Svea Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-287-9680.
Maddi Shaw can be reached at 802-254-2311 ext 275