On April 18, 2015, Mackle Park became the site for a celebration of life. “One World One Hope”, the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Marco Island, presented by Robert J. Flugger, embraced the community by celebrating cancer survivors, remembering loved ones lost, and empowering everyone to fight back against this disease. The opening ceremony began with the color guard presented by the Knights of Columbus, followed by the nationalanthem sung by cancer survivor, Marva Sutt. Event chair Jamie Bergen and presenting sponsor Robert J. Flugger rallied the crowd with enthusiasm while the Sandy Holdgate Spirit of Relay award was presented to cancer survivor and Relay For Life committee member, Maureen Chodaba. Survivors and caregivers kicked off the day by walking the track to the theme song from “Rocky”. Live entertainment, food and fun continued to engage the crowd all day. At 9 pm the “Hush Angels” walked the track carrying signs of “Quiet please” and “Hush” to tone things down for the solemn, inspirational message of the Luminaria Ceremony. Small beacons of light were assembled around the track and in the center of the field to spell “HOPE”, the true message of the Relay For Life.
This wonderful event has raised at least $235,000. The money is still rolling in and being counted.
For more information about the Relay For Life, please contact the American Cancer Society at 239-642-8800 or Sue.Olszak@cancer.org.