Portage Valley mini-relay raises $11,413 for cancer society PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 August 2013 08:40
PEMBERVILLE - On July 13 Otterbein Portage Valley set a new record for their second annual Mini Relay For Life. This year's total of $11,413 exceeded the goal of $10,000.
OPV Relay for Life chairperson Michele Kipplen called this a remarkable achievement, especially considering that the 2013 goal was a big jump from last year. "I'm proud of the dedication of the teams and the surrounding community."
Kipplen offered a litany of impressive numbers: "Nine teams were present, 189 luminaires were lit, 19 cancer registered survivors were present, nine local businesses donated time and materials, $395 was raised in the chair auction, and everyone came together for one huge success story."
The event, held under blue skies and with cool breezes, celebrated the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society with different fun birthday themes throughout the 10-hour day.
This year, the winning team was the OPV Rollers, made up of Otterbein Portage Valley residents who raised $1,800. During the year they held
fundraisers that increased awareness about the event and gave them a big head start in earnings prior to the Relay event.
The Mini Relay For Life is one of the four Relays in Wood County which raise money for the American Cancer Society to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much.
Funds raised make a difference in the fight against cancer. Just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year.

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