LANCASTER — With the help of 200 volunteers who walked 12 hours at the Lancaster Fair Ground, the 18th Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of North Country raised almost $50,000 to support the society’s mission of saving lives from cancer. This year’s total brings the amount raised by the community to more than $1.1 million since relay started in the North Country in 2000.
“Through their hard work in preparing for the event, and by spending hours walking for the cause, area residents certainly did their part to help the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives from cancer," said Kathy Metz, staff partner for the 2017 Relay For Life.
The top individual fundraiser was Sandy Lemire from Gorham, who brought in over $2,700. Second highest fundraiser was Pat Miller of Merrimack, who raised $2,250 from friends and family. And third highest fundraiser was Missy Womble of Lancaster, collecting $1,200 in donations just surpassing Kyla Thibault of Norton, Vt., who raised $1,195.
The top fundraising team was team “Next of Kin” at $6,440. Second highest team was “Heart & Sole Mates," raising $5,828, and the third highest fundraising team was team “Weeks Medical Center” raising $3,539. Team “Live Laugh Love Always” was just behind at $3,467. More than 200 people participated — split into 20 teams and survivor and caregiver guests. The teams represented area businesses, clubs, groups of friends/family and organizations.
“It was inspirational to see people from all parts of our community come out to support us and help save lives from cancer,” said Tracy Lockwood, one of the event leadership. “Together, we celebrated those surviving cancer, remembered loved ones lost, and took tangible action to make a difference.”
American Cancer Society Relay For Life of North Country was made possible by the support of its sponsors North Country Dental, Abbott Rental & Party Store, Lancaster Fair, Mom’s, H&R Block of Littleton, Bank of NH, Burndy LLC, Triple Play Entertainment, Littleton Regional Healthcare, The Smith Family – In memory of Roy E. Willey Sr & Gene Smith, Jr., Wayn-O’s Disposal Services and W.W. Berry’s Transportation as well as other community-minded businesses, organizations, volunteers and supporters.