Raises more than $112,000 for the American Cancer Society
By Robin Earl
The Relay for Life website explains, “Relay For Life is a team fundraising cancer walk event where team members take turns walking around a track … Each event is 6-24 hours in length and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don’t stop because they’re tired, and for one night, neither do we.”
Fauquier Health’s team was 32 members strong, and raised more than $16,000. The health system team was the top fundraiser for the night; in all, Fauquier Relay for Life raised more than $112,000.
Team captains were Sandy Shipe, Director of Cancer Services; Richard Shrout, oncology nurse navigator and Judy Bodenschatz, laboratory clinician. Sandy and Richard were selected King and Queen of the fundraisers when they were able to raise an additional $500 at the event.
Sandy said, “It was wonderful to see so many of our patients – past and present – walking in the Survivor’s Walk to kick off the Relay. To see those that we have actually cared for… It was a very humbling experience for me.”
“We displayed our Fauquier Health banner when it came time for teams to take a lap around the track; the stick that held the banner was a beautiful carved spirit stick made by one of our patients.”
Team member Jenny Large, a practice manager with Fauquier Health Physician Services, said, “Relay for Life was so much fun! They had line dancing, jazzercise, moon bounces for the kids. And at 9 p.m. they turned all the lights off in the stadium and lit the luminaries. I was honored to be a part of it.”
Christina Ballard, community manager of the American Cancer Society said, “Each luminary represents the life and story of someone who has either passed from cancer or who currently in the fight. We had more than 900 luminaries lit this year.”
Photo credit: Photos by K. Conway Photography
Dsc1772: Richard Shrout and Sandy Shipe were crowned King and Queen of Relay for Life when they raised an additional $500 for the American Cancer Society.
Dsc1721: Food, drink and fun were on the agenda at Fauquier’s Relay for Life on June 10.
Dsc 1754: Team captain Judy Bodenschatz and Rebecca Wolfrey, director of Case Management, led the Fauquier Health team during the parade of teams.
Dsc 1792: Laboratory clinician Judy Bodenschatz proudly proclaims her survivor status.