Medfield Woman Among Top Fundraisers for Local Relay For Life

Colleen Sullivan of Medfield was one of the top three individual fundraisers at the Millis-Medway-Medfield-Norfolk’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life held earlier this month.

The 10th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Millis-Medway-Medfield-Norfolk raised $94,000 to support the Society’s mission of saving lives from cancer, leaving 350 volunteers exhausted, but happy, after walking for 16 hours at Medway Middle School.  The event was held on June 8 and 9.

The top three individual fundraisers were Medfield's Colleen Sullivan (Supertroopers) at $3,342, and Medway's Emily Kaufman (Medway Senior Girls) at $4,610 and Emily Wadlinger (Medway Senior Girls) at $3,080.00.

The top three fundraising teams were Medway Senior Girls with $16,981, Mum’s Roadrunners of Bellingham with $9,466, and Wenzel Warriors of Medway with $7,088.

“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 create a world with less cancer and more birthdays," said Lisa Johnson, volunteer chair for the 2012 Relay For Life.

More than 350 people, represented by 32 teams, participated in this year’s Relay event. The teams were comprised of area families, faith-based groups, businesses, clubs, schools, and other organizations. 

At this year’s Relay, 14 people donated at least eight inches of their hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program to be made into wigs for cancer patients.  Katie Curley owner of Expressions in Medway was making the cuts.  The wigs are given out free of charge to cancer patients by calling the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Millis-Medway-Medfield-Norfolk was made possible by the support of the following people and businesses:  Lisa Johnson, Walter Johnson, Jim Ward, Marj Ward, Ann Marie DeMarzo, Christine Creedon, Brenda Wenzel, Karen Ward, Erica Fasoli, Kelsey Anderson, Erin Sias, Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union, Shear Magic and Co., Church of Christ in Millis, Roche Bros, Fasolino Landscape Design & Construction, Medway Garden Center, Poland Springs, Millis Town Hall, Dennis Blanchard, Frank Arego, Dunkin Donuts, The Line Smith, and Expressions Salon.

Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,146 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 21 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.

For more information, to get involved or to make a donation to Relay For Life at any time, visit www.RelayForLife.org/3MNMA or call Lauren Houle at 508-897-4341.

About the American Cancer Society 

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, it fights for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. It saves lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.6 billion, it turns what it knows about cancer into what it does. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer, and countless more who have avoided it, will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org. 


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