Thursday, September 20, 2012
As chair of this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life committee, I would like to thank residents of the Lower Berkeley area for their generosity and support.
Thirty-two teams participated in this year’s event at Cane Bay High School in May, and we raised $79,000 to help the Society’s fight for every birthday, threatened by every cancer, here and throughout the world. But the story doesn’t end there. I posed a challenge to my teams and my committee to continue to raise money until Aug. 31, the close of our 2012 Relay season. Well, the money continued to pour in and now, two months later, the Relay For Life of Lower Berkeley has raised more than $95,000!
This outstanding show of support proves that the people of Lower Berkeley stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the American Cancer Society to achieve its mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures, and fighting back.
We were honored to be joined by 80 survivors who walked the opening Survivors Lap, officially kicking off this year’s event. These survivors are the reason we continue the fight. Their participation inspires hope in those currently battling cancer.
A special thanks to the many Relay For Life volunteers who worked to make this event a success – celebrating the lives of those who have battled cancer, remembering loved ones lost, and pledging to fight back against the disease.
My Relay For Life committee did an outstanding job of putting the event together. I could not have done it without them. Committee members are Tim and Stephanie Zartman, Deb Walworth, Patty Strain, Diana Norton, Bridgette Greene, Patty Thrower, Brandi Mims, and Kirstie McGarvie.
We also appreciate the generosity of this year’s corporate sponsors. Relay For Life would not be possible without them. Our corporate sponsors are Nucor Steel, Goose Creek Property Management, the Southern Scrapbookers, Jerry Gazes, Alcoa, ADFORS/St. Gobain, Debra E. Walworth CPA, Goose Creek United Methodist Church, Rotary Club of Goose Creek, Two Keys Tavern, Zen Massage, Wells Fargo, Edward Jones, Stokes Kia, Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union, American Eagle Outfitters, Cane Bay High School, Swamp Fox Karaoke, Dunkin’ Donuts (Goose Creek), Charleston Cancer Center, Shirley Padgett State Farm, TJ’s Beef & Brew, Metro North Church, Little Dog Agency, Inc, Quoizel, Pepsi, Famulari’s Pizzeria, Betsy and Gordon Long, Hair Dimensions, Christie Moody, D.M.D., Dale’s Equipment Transport, East Coast Hair Designs, Weeks & Irvine, LLC, Katherine’s Creations, Machill Machinery Solutions, McElveen, SteelFab of SC, Ladson Self Storage, Charleston Mill Service, Magnolia’s Salon, Cameo Florist, 360 Tan, Firestone Complete Auto Care, and the Neon Needle.
The backbone of this event was our teams and I want to thank them for all their hard work! 7B’s, ADFORS – Glass Mat, American Eagle Outfitters (Charleston Area), Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union, Cancer Crusaders, Cane Bay High AFJROTC, Cane Bay High School Student Council, Cane Bay Social Studies, CBH – Beta Club and NHS, CBH – Bookin’ for a CURE, Cobra Office Staff, Cobraneers, Common Ground, GCP Otter Trotters, Goose Creek High School, Hanahan Elementary, Hanahan Middle School, Kinney’s Kickers, Ladson Elementary School, Marlene’s Team, Metro North Church, Nucor, Pathology Service Associates, Patti’s Army, Rotary Club of Goose Creek, Shirley Padgett State Farm, Southern Scrapbookers, Sully’s Angels, Summerville Best Buy, Teacher Cadets CBHS, Team Stratford and Team WHAC (We Hate All Cancers).
You may get involved with Relay For Life at any time. Check out RelayForLife.org to find an event near you or call 1-800-227-2345 for more information. To help with the Relay For Life of Lower Berkeley, please contact Jeanne Reddy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 820-9579.
2012 Relay For Life Chair