Dorch­ester Re­lay for Life raises $96K

Dorchester Star - - News -

CAM­BRIDGE — “He­roes of Hope”, the 21st an­nual Dorch­ester County Re­lay For Life on Fri­day, May 19, was a ma­jor suc­cess, rais­ing more than $96,636.

The lo­cal cancer or­ga­ni­za­tion has raised more than $2 mil­lion since it be­gan in 1996. Although short­ened by thun­der­storms, the an­nual cancer fundraiser at Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School, sur­passed the $95,000 goal set last fall by the Re­lay Com­mit­tee. There were 28 teams signed up for the walk.

Dorch­ester Re­lay for Life event chair­per­son Dawn Cook an­nounced the top three teams, with number one, Team Life­savers rais­ing $17,254; Team BEST rais­ing $16,999; and Team Sandy Hill rais­ing $11,832.

The top in­di­vid­ual fundraiser was Chris­tine Foxwell with $12,122, fol­lowed by Cook at $7,275; and Nancy Phillips with $4,620. The top youth fundraiser was C-SD se­nior Ben Doyle with $4,130.

“The funds raised truly make a dif­fer­ence — just ask one of the nearly 14 mil­lion cancer sur­vivors who will cel­e­brate an­other birth­day this year,” Cook said.

Funds raised are used for pa­tient care pro­grams such as the Amer­i­can Cancer So­ci­ety Road to Re­cov­ery, which matches cancer pa­tients with spe­cially trained vol­un­teer driv­ers. Funds also are used for ed­u­ca­tion and pre­ven­tion in­for­ma­tion.

“When you Re­lay, you help save lives,” Cook said.

Cook thanked the teams for their fundrais­ing ef­forts, area busi­ness spon­sors for their do­na­tions, as well as in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses who do­nated in-kind ser­vices.

“The Re­lay For Life Com­mit­tee is in awe of the gen­eros­ity of this county, and we con­tinue to be amazed by those who work so hard for this im­por­tant cause,” she said. “They are truly He­roes of Hope.”

Bag­piper Randy Welch per­forms dur­ing the Lu­mi­nary Walk at the Dorch­ester Re­lay for Life Fri­day, May 19.

PHOTOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

The Cam­bridge-based RAMS LLC (Re­source As­set Man­age­ment Solutions) team par­tic­i­pates in the 2017 Dorch­ester Re­lay for Life Fri­day, May 19.

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