Team Hope

Stanstead Journal - - LENNOXVILLE NEWS -

ing and the Re­lay for Life walkathon with the team for six years, one year even go­ing so far as stay­ing up all night for the Re­lay and then head­ing off to serve a com­mu­nity brunch in the morn­ing. “Both our daugh­ter and son and all four grand­chil­dren like to come and watch the Re­lay, and take part with us,” said Mr. Grapes. “Only the first year we were in the Re­lay was rain-free; it’s rained ev­ery time since! But it’s the least we can do,” he added.

Comp­ton’s Laura En­right has been on the team al­most seven years and spoke about why she joined. “My mother, mother-in-law and fa­therin-law all died of can­cer within a very short time. My best friend, who was on the team, asked if I wanted to think about join­ing. I jumped in. It’s an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence even if you’re not on a team. All the can­cer sur­vivors do the first lap. The first time I saw that the tears were flow­ing. I had lost so many but here there were all these sur­vivors. Along the route there are plac­ards with sta­tis­tics that keep im­prov­ing. We can see we are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. That’s why I’m part of it,” she ex­plained.

One of Laura’s tasks on the team is to dec­o­rate their team space, a tent equipped with chairs, ex­tra socks and cloth­ing and lots of food, at the Re­lay event. They choose a dec­o­rat­ing theme ev­ery year and in the past her team has won twice for “best-dec­o­rated space”. This year’s theme is “Su­per­heroes”. “There are so many su­per­heroes in the fight against can­cer: the neigh­bour who brings over a meal; the per­son who drives you to chemo; the re­searcher work­ing in the lab­o­ra­tory; the kids at school who are kind when they hear about some­one get­ting can­cer,” said Laura.

With a tar­get of rais­ing at least $10,000 be­fore the Ma­gog event on June 15th at Merry Point, the walkathon that this group takes part in, their next big fundraiser takes place this Satur­day, May 12th, be­tween 5 and 7 pm, at the ANAF Hut in Len­noxville. “We’re hold­ing a me­choui at the Hut and serv­ing pork, chicken and beef, pota­toes, sal­ads. It’s time to give Ma the night off for Mother’s Day!” Laura added. Tick­ets for the me­choui can be pur­chased ahead of time from team mem­bers or at the Hut. If any tick­ets re­main they’ll be sold at the door.

The group is also sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets for a huge ar­ray of prizes like a night’s stay at a B & B, break­fast for two at a re­noun Inn, wine and gift bas­kets, coupons for restau­rants, bak­eries, kayak rentals, bowl­ing and more. “We start draw­ing the names for the prizes at around ten pm at the Re­lay. It adds to the ex­cite­ment,” men­tioned Pat.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Team Hope or to buy raf­fle tick­ets or me­choui tick­ets, call ei­ther Laura En­right at 819 835-0559, or Pat Leonard at 819 8291760.

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