Dorchester Relay for Life raises $96K
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.
The Cambridge-based RAMS LLC (Resource Asset Management Solutions) team participates in the 2017 Dorchester Relay for Life Friday, May 19.