The Mountain Top Relay For Life reached its Million Dollar Mark on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
This was Mountain Top’s fourteenth year for Relay For Life. It all began with Luke Modrovsky and his family. Luke was diagnosed with cancer and his family viewed other Relay For Life events and they started the Mountain Top Relay For Life in 2002.
Each year teams form and walk the track to raise money to fight cancer. Teams also raise funds in a variety of ways. This year we raised funds in non-traditional ways. Various businesses in the Mountain Top community sponsored events for the Relay: Hoops For Hope, Design Works, Push Fitness, and The Fitness Place, to name a few. At each event we held our Relay Basket Raffle, a 50/50 Raffle, a bake sale at one event, and the business’ sponsored event, then we split the proceeds between the teams. Each individual team also held team fundraisers.
While Relay For Life is a year long event, starting on September 1 of the previous year until August 31 of the Relay year, we hope to have most of our Relay money raised prior to the Relay For Life Event. As of Saturday morning, we started Relay with having raised approximately $18,000 and by night’s end, the final tally was $28, 914, with Luke Modrovsky handing over the “one-dollar” to get us to $25,000-OUR MILLION DOLLAR MARK!!!!!!
The entire community of Mountain Top contributed to the success of our Mountain Top Relay For Life Event. It is important that each and everyone knows how the money raised at our event directly impacts the community we live in and the surrounding communities. Monies from our 2015 Relay aided the American Cancer Society in helping people with cancer and their families in the following ways: 684 Luzerne County residents reached out for help ranging from information to transportation, for a total of 5,169 services and programs provided. The Road to Recovery program provides free rides to and from treatments. Drivers made 2,497 trips, thereby providing rides that 101 Luzerne County residents needed. Hope Lodge and the Guest Lodge programs helped 143 patients and their caregivers with 2,257 free nights, saving those individuals about $293,000. The Look Good Feel Better workshops helped 80 women with cancer manage their appearance related side-effects of treatment. 73 women facing hair-loss as a result of cancer treatment, received free wigs and hats.
Just this year, 2016, 38 Pennsylvania researchers were awarded $20.6 million in grants from the American Cancer Society. We are all focused on “Why We
Relay” and even though “Cancer” is serious business-everyone involved had a blast raising the money for this Awesome Cause.
One person can make a difference. One person working on one team to raise money for one cause-----to end cancer!