East Wake Relay for Life pacing forward

03/14/2014 3:44 PM

02/15/2015 10:42 AM

Organizers of the local fight against cancer received a pleasant surprise on March 1.

It came in the form of an email from Eric Heydorn of the American Cancer Society, who serves as senior manager for the Raleigh-area Relay for Life programs. He said the East Wake Relay’s fundraising, compared to the same time last year, was the most improved of the 18 Relays in the Raleigh district.

As of March 1, the local Relay was $8,200 ahead of where it was in 2013.

“It’s been huge – everyone even in the office has been asking what East Wake has been doing differently this year that has been such a large turnaround, that they might use as an example,” said Nikki Hastings, the East Wake Relay’s ACS representative. “We’ve been down the last couple years, pretty much nationwide, so it’s nice to see a bright spot.”

East Wake Relay Chairwoman Vickie Curtis’ response was straightforward: Keep it coming. She was aware that, while it is an achievement, East Wake Relay had raised just over 15 percent of this year’s goal of $114,500 as of Tuesday.

“I’m excited for East Wake Relay to have the renewed excitement and drive as we continue into this last push to May 30,” Curtis said. “But we haven’t finished our fight. We’re still in search of corporate sponsors, survivors, teams and committee members.”

Several notable dates are on the horizon leading up to the “Rings for Hope” Olympic-themed Relay, set for May 30-31 at Five County Stadium.

The next team meeting will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in the small fellowship hall at Wendell Baptist Church, 3651 Wendell Blvd.

Cancer survivors must be registered by April 3 in order to receive an invitation to the May 8 survivor dinner. April 3 is also the deadline for sponsors to have their names included on this year’s relay T-shirt. Team members who want a T-shirt must be registered online and have raised $100 by April 17.

The public can keep up-to-date on the East Wake Relay by visiting its website. The local Relay also has a Facebook page and can be followed on Twitter, @eastwakerelayfl.

There is also a bevy of Relay fundraisers planned between now and May 31. A complete listing of those opportunities can be found here.

“Something we hope to see May 30 is an outpouring of community support in attending the Relay,” Curtis said. “It’s a family-oriented event with things for children, lots of good food, all going toward a good cause.”

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