Posted on August 12, 2012 · Posted in News

Hospital and Employees Provide Ongoing Support to Relay for Life

Every year, Hospital employees rally to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event in Westerly. That support takes many shapes: collecting donations from friends and family; creating “themed” baskets that are raffled off at the hospital, coordinating activities and information displays in the Mission Tent at Relay; and volunteering to help in the tent. We’re very proud of our employees and their multi-faceted support of Relay. Every contribution helps in the fight against cancer and in supporting its survivors.

This year, Pat Cote is again heading up a Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Relay team with Deb Mogavero. She has led the team for four years now and has six members on her team collecting funds from friends and family. In past years, the team has collected anywhere between $3,000 and $5,000 for Relay.

At the hospital, one of the best and fun ways staff supports Relay is with the annual Basket Raffle. Individual departments create themed “baskets” and raffle tickets are sold. Lucky winners take home some incredibly creative baskets, brimming with goodies. All of the baskets are desirable. This year, a few notable baskets included a Newport excursion basket, a fire pit with all the necessities, a bucket full of fun, a date night basket, a reading basket with Kindle, to name just a few. This year’s basket raffle raised $4,000 for Relay!

The Hospital also manages the Mission Tent at Relay. This year, social worker and case management team leader Kim Kralicky is coordinating the Mission Tent taking the reins from Organizational Development manager Leslie Bartholomew who has headed up the Mission Tent the past few years. Leslie is assisting Kim with the tent. Commitment to the Mission Tent is virtually a year-long activity; the coordinator attends monthly Relay meetings that begin shortly after the prior year’s Relay concludes. The coordinator volunteers many hours making the Mission Tent appealing to Relay attendees, offering something for everyone, whether it is educational information or a theme-related game for children.

Tent activities incorporate the overall theme of the year’s Relay for Life. This year’s theme, “Come Back to Relay” honors those individuals returning to Relay to support its mission and celebrate cancer survivors. The Mission Tent will provide a variety of local resources and support information for patients, families, and caregivers. The Westerly Junior Girl Scout Troop 1317 will perform at the Fight Back Ceremony and will also be assisting with an activity at the Mission Tent. A fun smile face
campaign will take place at the tent as well; individuals who come to the tent will fill out a smile face with the name of someone they will provide support or resources to this year. All in all, Relay is a fun, family oriented event that honors survivors, pays tribute to the many who have lost their lives to cancer, and serves as an educational event helping everyone become aware of local resources available as well as to learn about the many ways we can individually take action to prevent cancer.

Please come out and support this year’s Relay for Life: June 22, 2012, beginning at 4 p.m. at The Westerly High School track.

For information about Westerly Hospital Cancer Care Services, visit: http://bit.ly/LEktoB

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