Let the fundraising begin
Iowa's most successful fundraiser for cancer research launched Thursday in Carroll
March 22, 2013
Team Crazy for a Cure members Maddie Schroeder (left) and Somer Sinnard (right) pass purple buckets throughout the crowd while raising more than $260 in 48 seconds at Thursday’s Relay for Life kickoff rally and team meeting held at Santa Maria Winery. The 48 seconds is symbolic of the 48 Iowans who are diagnosed with cancer each day. Money raised was given to a relay team present at the kickoff for their fundraising efforts.
The Carroll County Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society is hoping to continue its strong legacy this year by gathering 100 teams for this year's Relay.
The goal was announced during the Relay's annual kickoff ceremony at Santa Maria Winery Thursday night.
In 2012, Carroll County raked in $268,487 for ACS's Relay, which supports cancer research, earning a No. 1 spot for the most money raised per-capita.
Per-capita, Carroll County raised $13.04.
Nationally, the Relay raises $410 million.
The Midwest Relay for Life, which includes Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin raises $1.80 per-capita; Iowa raises $2.20 per-capita and western Iowa - including 30 counties, raises about $3.30 per-capita.
Attendees at the kickoff ceremony raised $262.18 in 48 seconds for this year's Relay.
On average, 48 Iowans are diagnosed with cancer each day, so buckets were passed around for 48 seconds, and attendees gathered as much spare change as they had for the cause.
At the end of the night, a team name was picked at random to win the money to help begin its fundraising effort for this year.
The MRHC Strides of Hope team from Manning Regional Healthcare Center won the money.
And two awards were given during the ceremony.
The spirit award, which went to Team McFarland in 2010 and Team Schroeder last year, was given to the Crazy for a Cure team, which consists of seventh-grade girls from Carroll Middle School.
Somer Sinnard, a team member, said last year was the team's first year participating, and that they decided they wanted to join the Relay to help the community.
The Corporate Crown Award went to American Home Shield.
Tom Blomberg, of the American Cancer Society, spoke about why Relay for Life is important.
He said two out of every three people diagnosed with cancer are now survivors and that donations from Relay for Life helped make that happen.
Mary Schon, chairwoman of the survivor committee, led 25 survivors in spreading the flame of hope.
Cancer survivors formed a circle in the middle of a winery conference room and lit candles that they were given when they walked into the kickoff ceremony.
About winning a per-capita award, Schon said, "Money comes about relatively easy because we believe in people."
She said believing in, encouraging and giving hope to people who have been diagnosed with cancer is a crucial part of what Relay participants strive to do.
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