For Immediate Release – June 12, 2006
Fairfield, Connecticut—June 11, 2006—A dozen SavATree team members walked at the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Relay for Life at St. Ludlowe’s High School in Fairfield, Connecticut. The relay honored cancer survivors and strived to raise money and awareness about cancer research. Joe Barbetta, co-chair of the Relay for Life said, “We couldn’t be happier and more thankful to have SavATree be a survivor sponsor.”
Survivors were invited to attend a special reception before the opening ceremony, which Luann O’Brien, SavATree’s Vice President of Marketing and Sales Development said was “incredibly moving.” Luann lost her mother to lung cancer when she was in first grade, and recently found out that her father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Luann commented, “Everybody has been touched by this. There is such spirit, camaraderie, and an overall sense of humanity at these events. It’s like nothing I have ever witnessed before.”
Joe Barbetta added, “Our survivors are the heartbeat of the event. Everything we do in the relay is for, with, and in honor of our survivors.” During the overnight event, teams walked together all day in an effort to raise money for research at the American Cancer Society. Last year, Fairfield’s 3,000 relayers raised over $250,000 for the ACS, earning them the prestigious All-American Relay Award. In 2006, more then 4,200 relays will take place all over the country.
SavATree team members from the Norwalk office were particularly excited to walk in the relay because it was a great way to become involved in the community. They have previously participated in the Relay for Life in Bethel, CT, but this is their first time as an official survivor sponsor in the walk. SavATree arborist Bill Neilsen has been collecting donations for several years now. This was his first year walking in the relay in Fairfield, CT. “We care a lot about the people and the community in which we do business, and we are proud to take an active role and be a survivor sponsor. The Relay for Life is a worthwhile event because it does such important work in raising money to find a cure,” said Jacqie Shelomis, the SavATree Norwalk Office Manager. For more information about SavATree’s sponsorship of the Relay for Life, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (914) 241-4999. For information about donating to the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345.
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About the American Cancer Society: The American Cancer Society (ACS) is recognized as the leading cancer organization fighting for laws and funding, and advocating for its patients. It is the largest source of nonprofit, non-governmental cancer research funding in the United States, investing nearly 130 million dollars every year. According to the ACS, more than one in three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime, with an estimated 17,000 new cancer cases in Connecticut this year alone. The ACS also fights for lifesaving laws to increase federal research funding, reducing tobacco use, and promoting early detection of cancers. For more information, please visit www.cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.
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