Mary has been working on getting some elementary schools active in Relay For Life by holding mini-relays and one of our local schools came on board. Coincidentally, it was the same Elementary School she and her brothers attended as young children. She told the story to our local newspaper of collecting business sized cards that were handed out yearly during smoke-free week campaigns at Simonsdale and giving them to her grandfather "Abie" who was a smoker. She tried and tried every year to get the message to him about the dangers of smoking. It was after his diagnoses that he told her he should have listened and quit smoking ... Abie died of lung cancer in 1986 and it is in his honor Mary began this team ... and last night she along with many of the team members were back in the halls of Simonsdale Elementary holding a Mini-Relay For Life Event.
There was time for the Survivors to be honored, the Caregivers to be thanked, Luminaries to be lit in honor of those who are or have battled cancer, and for us all to come together and Hope and Fight Back for a cure. The children were the cheerleaders as survivors and caregivers walked the first lap ... then they participated in some relay games that brought awareness to them of cancer. The parents and families were very supportive of the cause some signing up as survivors themselves and some taking information on how to start a team. We cannot thank the staff enough for all the hard work and time they put into the event ... it truly was a wonderful experience for all of us that were there! THEY RAISED OVER $1400.00 FOR THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY ... WHAT A WONDERFUL THING!!!!
SOME OF THE FANTASTIC STAFF AT SIMONSDALE ELEMENTARY ... THANK YOU!!
THAT'S RIGHT ... NO TOBACCO!!!
SUN SAFETY ... VERY IMPORTANT!!!