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Long Relay for Life wraps up year
LONG relay fundraisers
Relay volunteers Amy Nutting, Sharon Proudfoot, Brandi Smiley and Betty Miller attended the wrap up party. Miller raised most as an individual, $2,300. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
LUDOWICI — The Long County Relay for Life ended its year on Aug. 20 with a wrap up party honoring all teams and participants.
RFL Regional Cancer Control Director Sharon Proudfoot welcomed guests and, along with Long County chairwomen Amy Nutting and Brandi Smiley, presented awards.
Proudfoot said the county raised $34,638 this year. The team that raised the most money was Smiley Elementary School, which raised $3,960. Team captain was Melody Lambert.
Other teams rounding out the top five fundraisers were the Lowcountry Cowboys and Cowgirls $3,801, CMAD Construction Co. $3,647, Wildlife Critters $3,527, and House of Payne $2,389.
According to Nutting, Betty Miller raised the most money, $2,300, individually. She also was recognized for individually raising more than $1,000 in each of the last four relays and for being a 33-year cancer survivor.
The team that raised the most money online was the 2’s Crews, $620.
According to Smiley, this year the relay had a total of 20 teams, the most ever, and had 59 registered cancer survivors.
There also were 11 teams recognized as All-Star Teams; Long County High School, Macedonia Baptist Church, Team Long County, The Heritage Bank, VIP Office Furniture & Supply and House of Payne. One team attained silver recognition, Coastal Manor Nursing Home. Gold teams recognized were the Long County All Stars Event Committee, Smiley Elementary School, CMAD Construction, Wildlife Critters and Lowcountry Cowboys and Cowgirls.
Proudfoot also talked about how funds raised in Long County by earlier relays had been distributed to help families in need.
She said wigs had been provided to several local cancer patients, and that eight patients got 274 trips for treatment.
Proudfoot also said one Long County patient, along with caregiver, had spent 55 nights at the Hope Lodge in Atlanta while they were going through treatment.
“This stay alone saved the family $8,200. There also is another family right now staying at Hope Lodge,” she said.
According to Proudfoot, Hope Lodge is a free home-away-from-home for patients undergoing treatment.
This year’s relay presenting sponsor was CMAD Construction.
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