Lo­cal sixth grader do­nates to Re­lay for Life

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

— Caro­line County sixth grader Olivia Christo­pher pre­sented a $1,205 check to the Dorch­ester Re­lay For Life at the or­ga­ni­za­tion;s kick­off on Jan. 31 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cam­bridge.

The 21st an­nual Dorch­ester Re­lay For Life fea­tures a “He­roes of Hope” cam­paign, and will be held Fri­day, May 19, at Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School.

The at kickof f, co-chair­per­son Dawn Cook wel­comed sev­eral new teams, in­clud­ing Christo­pher’s team, Cam­bridge Multi-Sports and Team Hy­att. One of the high­lights was the pre­sen­ta­tion of a $1,205 check by Christo­pher, who put on “Scare Away Can­cer” in Fed­er­als­burg in Oc­to­ber. She is a stu­dent at Colonel Richardson Mid­dle School.

Guest speaker at the kick­off was Dr. Wil­liam Bair, a Cam­bridge sur­geon.

Dr. Bair said much can be done to fight can­cer. He said be­sides avoid­ing over-ex­po­sure to the sun, not smok­ing and eat­ing a high fiber diet, there are many meth­ods of early de­tec­tion avail­able, he said.

“We are win­ning the fight against not all, but many forms of can­cer,” he said, point­ing to screen­ing mam­mog­ra­phy and colonoscopy as prime ex­am­ples.

Bair said in his 24 years as a sur­geon, he has seen great re­duc­tions in these types of can­cers.

“It is no longer a death sen­tence – es­pe­cially breast can­cer, and it is rare we lose pa­tients to many types of can­cer now,” he said.

He rec­og­nized the work done by the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety by pro­vid­ing transportation for pa­tients need­ing treat­ments, breast pros­the­ses and sup­port groups.

He said the stag­ger­ing to­tals raised ev­ery year, are very hum­bling.

Sev­eral up­com­ing fundrais­ers were an­nounced, in­clud­ing a gift cer­tifi­cate quar­ter auc­tion at 5 p.m. March 31 at the Cam­bridge Moose Lodge, and the pop­u­lar Re­lay auc­tions at Foxwell Auc­tions on Moose Lodge Road on April 1, 8, 15 and 22 be­gin­ning at 4 p.m. each day.

Re­lay For Life is the sig­na­ture fundraiser for the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety. Teams and in­di­vid­u­als in­ter­ested in join­ing may call Dawn Cook at 410-251-2758 or go to www.re­lay­for­life.org/dorch­estermd.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Olivia Christo­pher, a sixth grade stu­dent at Colonel Richardson Mid­dle School, presents a do­na­tion from her “Scare Away Can­cer” fundraiser to 2017 Dorch­ester Re­lay For Life co-chairs Dawn Cook, left, and Pa­tri­cia Banks. The pre­sen­ta­tion was made at the kick­off to the 21st an­nual Re­lay.

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