Thanks so much to our community for your support of our Adams County Relay For Life event held on May 11 at Oakside Community Park in Biglerville. Over 150 participants came together from 9 a.m. until almost midnight on that Saturday. Many of the participants and teams worked throughout the year raising money for the lifesaving cancer research, patient services, education and advocacy programs supported by American Cancer Society monies. We have raised over $50,000 to date with additional monies still being accepted. We want to thank our participants, our teams and our sponsors for their dedication to the American Cancer Society and the Relay For Life! We had 21 teams, with six of the teams new to the Adams Relay For Life event.

Dr. Martin Schroeder shared his experiences during his stay at an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Baltimore, Md., while receiving cancer treatment. We honored 40 cancer survivors and their caregivers with a delicious luncheon and ceremony. I think they enjoyed visiting with each other and gaining the strength that comes from sharing a common bond, albeit one that no one ever desired. Many of the cancer survivors were willing to share their story before they took their lap around the track together. This was truly a moving highlight of the Relay For Life.

Our event this year included a vendor and crafter fair from 9 a.m.until 3 p.m. on Saturday. We had approximately 23 vendors and crafters who were ready to help participants find something to suit their tastes. Each vendor and crafter also donated an item to our basket raffle to help raise additional money. This is always a fun highlight of the event as well. Games, special laps and activities were the order of the day on Saturday providing fun for participants. Folks also enjoyed good food provided by our food vendors. The “Harmonaires” barbershop quartet strolled the grounds entertaining participants and survivors with their wonderful vocal selections.

An event such as this is truly a team effort and we thank everyone involved. We want to recognize our sponsors for the event because their donations help to offset costs, so the money raised by teams can go directly to the cause.

WellSpan Adams Cancer Center was our Presenting Sponsor and we truly thank them for their sponsorship and presence at our event. At the Gold level of sponsorship was Gettysburg Cancer Center, Fairfield Amvets Post 272 and Dal-Tile Corporation. In addition to their sponsorship Dal-Tile also had two teams participating in our event. The Cranberry Township Elks Lodge #2249 was a Silver Sponsor. Our Bronze sponsors were APM Building materials, G. L. Day Transportation Services, Graphcom, Utz Quality Foods and American Legion Post 262 & Auxiliary. Our sponsors may all be seen by going to our Relay For Life website at or by taking a look at our program booklet which was printed free of charge by Graphcom Printing. Every sponsor and every donation is truly appreciated and has helped in our success! Donations continue to be accepted and some teams continue to do fundraising. We appreciate your support of their efforts.

Connie Woodruff is the staff partner for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life event.

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