The Relay for Life of Effingham County held their kickoff for the 2017 Relay Season on Monday night.
The Relay for Life of Effingham County kicked off their 2017 Relay Season by first reflecting on all that they had accomplished in 2016. With the help of the many teams that fund-raised and the fundraiser events held last year, they were able to raise $148,000, over $27,000 more than their initial goal. They were also able to raise the number of registered cancer survivors in Effingham County from 200 to 212. Among these achievements, the Relay for Life of Effingham County was awarded multiple awards. We spoke to Event Lead, Ron Mietzner, about the awards that they had received.
In addition to these awards, the Relay for Life Regional Group, made up of approximately 15 counties, voted on a volunteer to receive the Volunteer of the Month Award. This month’s recipient was Amy Tolch. Tolch received the award for her work in establishing “Relay Recess” at Dieterich Schools.
Attendees at the kickoff event then heard from Guest Speaker, Stacy Nettleton on behalf of the Look Good, Feel Better® program. Nettleton explained what the Look Good, Feel Better® program has to offer to the group. Look Good, Feel Better® helps individuals whom have been diagnosed with cancer and those whom have survived their fight with cancer in establishing and maintaining a cosmetic ritual. They help with wig care, scarves, skin care, and give attendees samples of cosmetic products.
For 2017, the Relay for Life of Effingham County has raised their monetary goal to $135,000. They also hope to have more volunteers. Ron Mietzner explained all that they hope to achieve in 2017.