‘One Day, One Night, One Community, One Fight’

30 teams raise $47,000 at 24-hour Relay for Life

By RON GOMEZ

With 25 Ramona-based volunteers, Event Chair Lyn Hardy led the 2012 Ramona Relay for Life Planning Committee.

The relay ends with the last lap on a foggy Sunday morning. Photos/Julie Njaa

Thirty fundraising teams participated in the 24-hour relay, held May 12-13 at Wilson Stadium off Ninth Street, raising $47,000 for cancer research and education. Approximately 65 local cancer survivors and caregivers were honored.

Jeri Sutter, team captain for “All Night For The Fight” and her team members were recognized as Top Fundraising Team for the event, coming in at a whopping $8,957.

Sutter was also the Top Individual Fundraiser, bringing in $2,445. Honorable mention and great thanks went to Sherie Levine and the Drill Divas team for coordinating the Horsepower for Life Relay team event on May 5, raising over $3,300 for the Ramona Relay.  The American Cancer Society also recognized all of the riders, vendors, and custom car/motorcycle enthusiasts who attended Horsepower for Life to help make that event so successful.

Ramona’s 2012 Relay for Life begins with the opening lap. Photos/Julie Njaa

Disc jockey Carlos Cordova donated his entire time and DJ skills to the event. He was instrumental in keeping the energy up throughout the day, in spite of not feeling well.

Thanks also went to event sponsors for their continued support and partnership: Ramona Unified School District, The Starmack Group, Arch Health Partners, Pine Brothers, Barona Band of Mission Indians, De LaFuente Cadillac, John Hine Mazda, ABC Construction, Micron Machine Co., San Diego Country Estates, Ramona Disposal, and the Ramona Masonic Family.

Money raised through the Ramona Relay for Life goes to cancer research and to provide free cancer-related programs and services to cancer patients, their caregivers, and families.

The Silvaggio and Scott families share a table at the Survivors Brunch. Photos/Julie Njaa

With the San Vicente “Golfing for a Cure” tournament scheduled for Friday,  Aug. 4, and other pledges, American Cancer Society expects to meet or exceed its 2012 Ramona Relay For Life fundraising goal of $55,000.

For more information or to participate in “Golfing for a Cure” contact Lisa Miller at 760-525-9988 or Juli Elliott at 760-445-5583.

Donations to the 2012 Ramona Relay For Life will be accepted through Aug. 31 online at relayforlife.org/ramonaca or by mail to The American Cancer Society, 400 S. Eighth St., El Centro, CA 92243, Att: Ron Gomez. Prospective donors also may contact Hardy at 760-315-3053 or lynhar50@hotmail.com to make a donation or for more  Ramona Relay information.

American Cancer Society thanks the Ramona community for its partnership and generosity and for another successful Relay For Life season.

From left, Deena Vizcarra, Karli Njaa, Megan Doulas, and Canielle Vizcarra dance Relay Zumba. Photos/Julie Njaa

Ron Gomez is Relay for Life manager for the American Cancer Society.

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