Once a year, the community of Chippewa County comes together to "celebrate, remember, and fight back" by participating in and fundraising for Relay for Life. Employees at Spectrum have taken part in this movement for many years. This includes Teresa Repaal, a survivor who has participated for 17 years and is also the Survivor Chair for the Chippewa County event.
"Going through the luminaire ceremony every year is the most moving part of the event," said Teresa. "It brings to light both the survivors and those who have lost their lives in this battle. Every year we have more and more survivors and that makes this all worthwhile."
Other members of the Spectrum team this year include Rocky Aken, Debi Berg, Sue Bohl, Tom Repaal, and Steve Tannler. The committee asks teams to help at the Relay, if possible. The Spectrum team has always helped in the survivor tent since Teresa is the Survivor Chair.
Diane Berg, also an employee of Spectrum, was there with family and friends as a part of Team Bridget in support of her sister Bridget McNamara. They were all sporting Team Bridget shirts which featured a quote by Elizabeth Edwards: "She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way she adjusted her sails."
The Spectrum Team has raised $2,500 so far which is a part of the $70,128.36 raised by the 24 teams and 151 participants that took part in the Chippewa County Relay for Life. The team has until the end of August to raise money. If you are interested in contributing to this great event, donations can be made here through the end of the month.
About Relay for Life
In more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries, Relay For Life events comprise the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Each Relay For Life event is special to its community, but the movement's true power lies in the combined commitment of thousands of participants, volunteers, and supporters to help the American Cancer Society save lives from cancer.