I am Cape Ann’s new representative from the American Cancer Society helping Cape Ann volunteers produce the Relay For Life in June. I moved to Gloucester in October to take this job and start a new life in this fabulous town. Good Morning Gloucester has been a great way for me to stay in touch with everything happening in and around Gloucester.
I’ve seen a couple of posts promoting Relay For Life fundraisers over the last few months and I thank you for helping our teams in this way. We are working very hard to bring the Relay For Life of Cape Ann back to the level of success it enjoyed just a couple of years ago. Our theme for the 2014 Relay For Life is “Uniting to Finish the Fight Together,” emphasizing the strength of Cape Ann when we all come together for a cause. One of our event chairs, Darlene Riley, recalls with great emotion how the citizens of Gloucester rallied around her family when her teenage son was diagnosed with bone cancer. The community support meant everything to her. This year we are trying to unite ALL the communities of Cape Ann by reaching out to Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex and even Ipswich (although it’s a subject of some debate whether or not Ipswich is part of Cape Ann!) We want to remind everyone what is at the Heart of Relay: Celebrating our cancer survivors, Remembering those we have lost and Fighting Back to end this dreaded disease.
To kick off the Relay season, we are hosting a Heart of Relay Party Thursday, February 13 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Elks Club of Bass Rocks. We will have lots of great information, games, refreshments, a cash bar and opportunities to win a great Cape Ann prize package. Would you help us publicize the event by sharing the attached flyer on GMG the week of February 10? The event is open to the public and is completely free. We invite everyone who is interested in getting involved with Relay For Life to join us. (I am attaching both a pdf and a jpeg. If you need another format or need me to adjust the size, please let me know.)
Thanks so much for your support and for your great service to our community!
P.S. The Relay For Life of Cape Ann will be June 13-14 at O’Maley Middle School. As plans come together for this awesome event, we’ll keep you posted!
Vickie Grassman | Specialist, Relay For Life