For Immediate Release: September 11, 2014
Mary Haglund, (508) 832-2628 ext. 115
AUBURN _ At some point in their lives, almost everyone has been touched by cancer, which is the number two cause of death in the United States. In 2014, in Massachusetts alone, there have been close to an astonishing 40,000 new cancer cases that span across every age group and demographic.
In communities throughout the world, people are building awareness for cancer through the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life movement, a worldwide community fundraising event that celebrates cancer survivors and honors those loved ones lost.
A Relay for Life event is an organized, overnight event that includes teams of people camping out on a track, while a member from each team takes his or her turn to continuously walk around the track.
Throughout the year, Relay for Life events take place globally, and have raised approximately $5 billion.
On Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 hundreds of people participated in the Relay for Life Central South County event at Lemansky Field in Auburn. Relay for Life Central South County is celebrating its 11th year and the participation of over 30 teams this year.
Teddy Bears Forever’s Team Captain Mary Haglund organized a group of 22 family, friends and co-workers from South County Physical Therapy, Inc. for this year’s event.
“This is the second year we participated as a team and we surpassed the number of participants we had last year. South County’s CEO and Founder, Cathy Hoover-Smith, CFO Melodie Hanks, therapists and staff, along with friends and family joined the event and the outpouring of support has been tremendous,” Haglund said. “Our team’s commitment and dedication is an amazing testament to the power of working together for such an important cause.”
The Relay for Life event began at 6 p.m. and the Survivors’ and the Caregivers’ Laps began at 6:15 p.m.
“This was an incredibly moving start to the event,” Haglund said. “At 9 p.m. there was a Luminary Ceremony that remembered those people who we have lost to cancer and to show support for those people who are being treated.”\
The event concluded with a Closing Ceremony at noon on Saturday, Sept. 6.
“Until there is a cure, we’ll continue to walk to raise funds to help eradicate this dreaded disease,” Haglund continued. “We’re making headway and with hope, we will walk our way to a cure.”
For more information on how to get involved in a Relay for Life event or to make a donation, visit www.relayforlife.org.
For nearly 30 years, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. has been dedicated to providing its patients with quality, personalized rehabilitative care in an environment that is safe, comfortable and compassionate. As a privately owned company, the organization has given back to numerous charitable organizations in the communities it serves, and seeks to make a difference in promoting wellness and health awareness. The company offers six locations in Central Massachusetts that include: Auburn, Charlton, Millbury, Westborough (East Main Street and Oak Street) and Worcester. For more information, visit www.southcountypt.com.
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