The annual Relay for Life NordicStyle — a unique event in the U.S. — has become a huge fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
Nearly 45 teams and 400 participants converged during the weekend at Trapp Family Lodge, and raised a total of more than $98,000 to help fight cancer.
One team alone, Amy's Angels, raised more than $13,000 in memory of a close friend, Amy Bennett, who died in August 2009. Bennett and seven friends all graduated from Johnson State College in 1975 and forged a sisterhood that spanned more than three decades. Her friends formed Amy's Angels and campaigned in her memory. Kathleen Stockfleth of Amy's Angels was the top individual fundraiser.
Cross-country skiers, snowshoers, hikers and supporters spent Saturday night into Sunday morning at a relay circuit outside TrappFamily Lodge, encouraging one another as participants took lap after lap.
For some, a relay lap is an emotional experience, as they think about the crisis they survived, and how their through-the-night efforts could help other people who have cancer.
Other awards presented during the relay:
• Animal House team: Champlain Valley Union High School team.
• First new registered team: Bradford Elementary School.
• Best campsite and spirit: Team Ya-Yo's Heroes.
• Gulliver's Travel Award: Mary of North Carolina.
• Seven years of Relay: Weaver's Eager Beavers, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Trapp Family Lodge, Blue Ribbon Blazers.
• Rookie of Year: Team Armistead.
• Gordy Award for Relay Excellence
in honor of Dr. Gordon Klatt: Weaver's Eager Beavers.
Additional donations or matching request forms can be mailed to American Cancer Society, RFL NordicStyle, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.