FORT LEE, Va. (April 29, 2010) – The Fort Lee Area Spouses Club is stepping out to support the American Cancer Society.
Their steps will be around the Prince George High School track Friday during the Relay For Life, which runs from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.
This annual event starts with a Survivors and Caregivers Walk, and there will be multiple events and activities going on through the night. While there are teams who will walk the track for the entire 12 hours, the public is welcome to come out and participate in the event at any time.
“The survivors lap is always the most emotional lap, because it’s honoring people,” said Laurie Buffum, FLASC Relay For Life team captain. “Aside from that, the public can participate by visiting the team tents, which will have events and fundraisers going on throughout the night.”
The FLASC team will have their tent set up following this year’s theme “Birthday in Order to Celebrate Life.” Aside from selling glow in the dark sticks, bracelets and necklaces, water, and hot chocolate, the team will have a birthday party going on all night.
While some fundraising will occur at the event, the FLASC team has already surpassed their goal set by the Prince George Relay for Life team by raising $1,675 (as of Monday), when each team’s goal was $1,000.
The FLASC team is made up of 21 participants who have signed up to walk the track throughout the night, said Buffum, with at least three team members walking at any time.
FLASC originally got involved with the project through the club’s president, Susan Loden, also Army Community Service Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator, who was approached by the Relay For Life community manager for the local area to see how to get the Fort Lee community involved.
“I agreed to advertise through Army Community Service for volunteers to support the actual event, and then took the idea of a team to the FLASC Board of Directors,” said Loden. “FLASC is an organization committed to serving the military community through activities and events which raise funds for our Soldiers, Families and the local area.
“FLASC agreed that this was an opportunity to raise funds for a great cause and get our members involved,” she continued. “We opened the team to the FLASC general membership and the Fort Lee community and the response has been fantastic!”
Buffum said after the Relay For Life idea came up within FLASC, she agreed to be the team captain because she has experience as one before.
“I’ve participated in Relay For Life for nearly 20 years,” said Buffum, who is also a military spouse. “I have friends and family who have not survived cancer. I always try to track down and get involved with Relay For Life at every duty station.”
For more information about the Prince George Relay For Life, visit www.relayforlife.org/pgc.