MOUNTAINTOP RELAY FOR LIFE will be celebrating it’s 12 year in 2014. Meetings have already begun to make this year’s event another big success. Particpants from the 2013 relay are shown during the Survivors Walk.

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planning is September 1, meetings begin monthly in January for the May relay, and individual teams fundraise all year long to meet their goals. Currently, the Mountaintop Relay has ten confirmed teams, which is less than in past years. Since the American Cancer Society requires a certain amount of teams in order to endorse a relay, Regina was a bit concerned at first. However the “Relay Rescuers”, made up of firefighters from Rice and Wright townships just signed on. Regina says that some of the teams have been doing the relay for over a decade and that people’s lives change quite a bit over that amount of time, preventing them from continuing. They are currently looking for some new teams to come on board and continue the tradition for the next decade.

Over a decade of relays, participants have dedicated to a cause. And over the course of that time, the Mountaintop Relay for Life has raised close to a million dollars. For this, the 12th year, Regina says getting to the million-dollar mark would be a very satisfying accomplishment. To reach it, there have been several fundraisers since the “relay calendar” started on September 1. There was a Fall Festival in October at the little league fields at Alberdeen, an upcoming fundraiser at Carones Market on Presidents day where people can purchase birthday cupcakes for donations to the American Cancer Society, and of course the annual Hoops for Hope at Crestwood High School being organized by Suzanne Modrovsky. There will be a Relay table at the event for those interested in fundraising or joining or leading a team.

Proceeds for the Relay for Life go to the American Cancer Society which helps coordinate advocacy, education, emotional support, research and other resources for those fighting the disease such as rides to and from or places to stay during their treatment, help to quit smoking and advice or answers to general questions. Roughly 200 people are diagnosed with cancer every day in Pennsylvania alone. The Relay helps them celebrate many more birthdays to come.