Relay For Life begins ‘Heroes of Hope’ campaign

CAMBRIDGE — The 2017 Dorchester Relay For Life started off its “Heroes of Hope” campaign on Jan. 31, with a kick-off at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cambridge. The 21st annual event will be held May 19 at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School.

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

Guest speaker was Dr. William Bair, a Cambridge surgeon. In his up-beat talk, Dr. Bair pointed out much can be done to fight cancer. 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, according to the physician. He pointed to screening mammography and colonoscopy as prime examples. Dr. 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,” he said, “and it is rare we lose patients to many types of cancer now.”

He recognized the work done by the American Cancer Society by providing transportation for patients needing treatments, breast prostheses and support groups. He added “the staggering totals raised every year . . . are very humbling.”

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

Several upcoming fundraisers were announced, including a gift certificate quarter auction on March 31 at 5 p.m. 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.

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.

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