WADSWORTH – It was a celebration of many holidays rolled into one at Memorial Park during the Wadsworth Relay for Life July 13.
This year’s theme was “Cancer Doesn’t Take a Holiday” and 13 participating teams set up booths each with a specific holiday theme such as Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day and Fourth of July.
“Each team got to choose their holiday,” said Terri Kreider, chairperson of the Wadsworth Relay. “I think they did very well with them.”
Each team did their own fundraising at their individual sites including raffle baskets, games and selling treats.
Team Terri’s tent had a St. Patrick’s Day theme and sold luminarias, which could be dedicated in honor of a cancer survivor or in memory of someone who lost their battle to the disease. The luminarias lined the walking path around Memorial Pond during the event.
“It’s one of the main fundraisers and I think we have sold close to 300 luminarias,” said Chris Lovell, a member of Team Terri.
Kreider said the goal for this year’s Relay was $70,000 and before the event even started July 13 more than $61,000 had already been raised. Kreider said she was confident the Relay could either meet or surpass this year’s goal.
“We are still making money from the luminaria sales and we have some raffle baskets that people are very excited about,” she said. “Also during our chili cook-off, we had a banner year.”
There is still an opportunity to attend a fundraiser for this year. Team S.H.A.R.O.N. is sponsoring a golf scramble Monday, July 22 at Bunker Hill Golf Course in Medina.
Registration starts at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Cost is $95 and includes 18 holes of golf, a cart and a steak dinner.
For additional information about the golf scramble, call 330-321-7665.
Maggie McQuaide, who serves as the American Cancer Society staff partner for the Wadsworth Relay for Life, said she is very impressed with the local Relay.
“They are a small group, but they are so close knit and they do so much and work so well together,” she said.
McQuaide said that much of the funds raised by Relay for Life are used toward research and services for cancer patients such as transportation to treatment.