March-April 2011 | FIGHTING FOR LIFE

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FIGHTING FOR LIFE

The Greene Turtle’s Dawne Pappas and Dawn Hodge step up once again in the battle against cancer

It’s not because they have so much spare time that the Greene Turtle’s Dawn Hodge and Dawne Pappas work so aggressively on behalf of the American Cancer Society. Hodge lost her father in 1998, after what was expected to be rather routine gallbladder surgery revealed multi-organ-system cancer throughout his body. He died one month later.

Pappas, meanwhile, lost her baby brother to cancer when the two were still just children. The fact that Hodge’s father and Pappas’ brother share the same birthday in May is only an eerie coincidence.

It is, however, somewhat poetic that the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event for North Worcester County should also occur in May, again at Frontier Town in Ocean City.

“We’re expecting this year’s Relay For Life to be an especially great one,” said Hodge, who is the event chairperson. “There will be lots of cool things to do, with what we hope will be a robust turnout.”

The festivities kick off at 8:30 a.m. on May 6 with the Relay For Life golf tournament at Ocean City Golf Club, for which Pappas is the chairperson. Then, at 6 p.m., the Relay For Life event at Frontier Town begins. Spanning a full 12 hours, the all-nighter will commence with the opening ceremonies, followed by the survivor lap, the caregiver’s lap, the team-captain lap, the survivor reception (sponsored by Atlantic General Hospital), the Luminaria ceremony, the “fight back” ceremony and the closing ceremony.

Food and non-alcoholic beverages will abound in the smoke-free environment and will include a silent auction, a kids’ jump, pony rides and live music in addition to other overnight activities. Throughout the evening there will also be trained volunteers on-hand who will be responsible for helping those with issues and questions to navigate and access the many resources that the American Cancer Society has to offer, including the ACS helpline (1-800-ACS-2345), which is available to all of cancer’s victims, even if they just want someone friendly to talk to.

“Dawne and I do this not just for the loved ones we’ve lost or those whose lives have been affected by this horrible disease,” said Hodge, “but also for the children growing up now, who, through research and prevention, can hopefully grow up in a world with less cancer or no cancer at all.”

Hodge also reports that while public enthusiasm for the upcoming event has been gratifying, they are still looking for team members, committee members, general participants and volunteers to make the event all that it can be.

“I love every minute that I’m involved with this event,” Hodge said, “and I especially want to thank Mitch Parker of Frontier Town for once again making his fantastic facility available to us for this vital cause. Without his generosity, our annual Relay For Life events wouldn’t have been the same – or nearly as much fun!”

For general information about the event or details on how to participate, call Dawn Hodge at 443-497-1198, or visit them online at www.relayforlife.org/northworcester.
 
 


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