Teams walk all night to fund cancer fight

rchester Banner/Dave Ryan The Cambridge Police Department Honor Guard led the survivors’ lap to open the 2018 Relay for Life. The event took place overnight from Friday into Saturday, in Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds Park.

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
The Cambridge Police Department Honor Guard led the survivors’ lap to open the 2018 Relay for Life. The event took place overnight from Friday into Saturday, in Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds Park.

CAMBRIDGE — This year marked the 22nd anniversary of Relay for Life of Dorchester County, Md.’s fundraising efforts to find a cure for cancer. The group is a nonprofit organization, part of the national Relay for Life movement.
“Last year, they raised $85,000” throughout the 2017 calendar year, the relay’s Community Development Manager Ashley Webb said.
Fundraising is moving along well. “We are at $65,000 so far, but they have until December,” Ms. Webb said.
The relay itself consists of teams’ keeping at least one member on the track during an all-night effort to raise money – and have fun. There is always food at the events, music and the camaraderie of survivors, their caregivers and community supporters.
This year, “We have 151 participants,” Ms. Webb said. “We have 20 teams.”
It took some fast work to make it all happen, though. The continuing downpours over the previous few days caused many cancellations, but this bunch doesn’t quit, certainly not for rain.
So, rather than walk around the track beside Governor’s Hall, things were moved inside and it was on with the show. “The Spirit of Relay is never dampened by the rain,” Candace Christopher said in a post on social media.
That spirit extended to volunteers, as well.
Among them were the members of Girl Scout Troop 810, based in Cambridge. Their leader, Anne Harris, said it was important for her girls to give back to the community, and to learn how to give selflessly.
“I bet every one of these girls has been affected, whether they know it or not,” Ms. Harris said.
Fundraising work continues all year. To contact the group, email relayforlifedorchestercountymd.org, or visit www.RelayForLife.org/Dorchestermd.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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