Thursday, October 22, 2020

Mission Possible

Relay For Life of Marco Island is #1

Cancer survivors Colleen Richter Walthour and Marva Sutt Photos by Maureen Chodaba

Cancer survivors Colleen Richter Walthour and Marva Sutt Photos by Maureen Chodaba

The 2017 Relay For Life of Marco Island accomplished a feat that once seemed far out of reach. This little island of less than 23 square miles delivered a whopping punch in the fight against cancer as it placed first in fundraising for the state of Florida. The Relay For Life of Marco Island transformed what once seemed impossible to a “Mission Possible” in the quest for a cure. A celebration of this accomplishment was recently held at the JW Marriott Marco Island.

Relay For Life (RFL) is a signature event of the American Cancer Society. It began in 1985 as a spark of energy from colorectal surgeon Dr. Gordy Klatt who ran a track in Tacoma, Washington for 24 hours to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer. Today, the Relay For Life is a community based global movement that has raised billions of dollars in the fight against this deadly disease.

Loni Atton, Sue Olszak and Cathy Nelson

Loni Atton, Sue Olszak and Cathy Nelson

Relay For Life is a team event where participants work diligently throughout the year to raise funds. Their efforts come to fruition in a six-hour celebration of life featuring a survivor and caregiver lap around the track to “finish the fight,” moving forward to enjoy live entertainment and fun activities, followed by the solemn but hopeful Luminaria Ceremony honoring survivors and remembering loved ones lost.

RFL of Marco Island Event Lead Cathy Nelson, ACS Senior Development Manager Sue Olszak and Fund the Cure Lead Loni Atton were on hand at the recent event at the Marriott, along with Community Support

Nikkie Sardelli and Rachel Schenk

Nikkie Sardelli and Rachel Schenk

Coordinators Rachel Schenk of Marco Island and Nikkie Sardelli of Naples. They thanked the community and the many ACS volunteers for their efforts that led to the success of the 2017 Relay For Life. The Mission Possible Award was presented to Robert J. Flugger who has been the presenting sponsor of RFL of Marco Island for the past five years.

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Relay For Life of Marco Island on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 3 to 9 PM at Veterans Community Park, 901 Park Avenue, Marco Island. Register your team now!

Robert J. Flugger, RFL presenting sponsor and recipient of the Mission Possible award

Robert J. Flugger, RFL presenting sponsor and recipient of the Mission Possible award

To learn more about the Relay For Life of Marco Island, visit www.relay.acsevents.org, email Sue.Olszak@cancer.org or call your American Cancer Society at 239-642-6217.

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