For years, we’ve been huge supporters of our local American Cancer Society Relay for Life . “This year ACS has decided to make the best of our social distance rules and continue to show our support for those that have been affected by cancer,” said Tricia Streeter, Patient Advocate for Sound Family Medicine. We want to celebrate the people that have fought and won the battle and love on the caretakers, all while remembering the people that we have lost to cancer.”
Every year, employees have the option to donate to our Relay fund in exchange for the privilege of wearing jeans on Fridays. This year, that contribution amounted to over $5,075. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the main Relay event was cancelled this year, but our teams chose to celebrate the spirit of the event with a dress-up week July 6-10.
We’ve got spirit
Monday was Red, White & Blue day, and our teams started the week off strong.
For Tuesday’s Brighten Up the World theme, our staff wore their brightest neon or rainbow clothes.
Wednesday’s Decade Day saw a LOT of 1980s gear, but some other eras were also represented.
Thursday was team day, and jerseys from our favorite professional teams and our local high schools were spotted in our offices and clinics.
Friday was our day to wear purple, the official color of Relay. Purple symbolizes hope and is a color that represents the fight against all types of cancer.
We’ll walk alone until we can walk together
Our teams also had fitness goals for this week, including a 15- minute walk, walking a mile and walking a mile with a team member. Homemade “medals” were awarded to the participants, and a handcrafted trophy went to the team that had the most steps.
What is Relay
Relay for Life is a 24-hour walking event designed to raise funds, honor survivors/caregivers and remember those who lost their battles with cancer. Run by the American Cancer Society, there are Relays in cities nationwide.
Tricia Streeter, our Relay coordinator, was happy that so many were able to come together through spirit week and celebrate. “Sometimes we all need a break from the ‘normal’ so we can all be a little ‘abnormal’ and show our true colors,” she said. “Our team amazes me.”
We hope you enjoy our pics from this week!