The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life season is underway and Mary Kraack couldn’t be more thankful.
“I’m a breast cancer survivor,” she said, Feb. 27, at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party fundraiser hosted by the Rotary Club of Brandon South at Cross Creek Ranch in Dover. “The Relay is such an incredible support system that has been created. I count anybody who attends any Relay For Life as my friend."
Kraack has lots of friends.
Collectively, as of Feb. 28, the six sites in Eastern Hillsborough County had reported 259 teams, 3,165 participants and $169,538.73 raised. (See chart below.) That means that over the past week, the effort has grown by 6 teams, 101 participants and $17,467.65
Start dates for the overnight relay run from March 25 through April 8.
Periodically at Brandon Patch we will give updates on the efforts underway for Relay events at Bloomingdale, Brandon, Newsome (FishHawk), Plant City and Riverview high schools and Burnett Middle School (Seffner/Dover).
Our weekly update will supplement coverage of the Relay movement as it unwinds — and as told through the heart and passion of die-hard believers in the cause to fight cancer.
The chart below includes links to information about area relay events, from which the updates on people and teams participating, and money raised, has been collected:
RELAY FOR LIFE UPDATE - Compiled Feb. 28 Location Participants Teams Money Raised Bloomingdale 539 48 $16,989.60 Brandon 491 43 $22,186.41 FishHawk 564 32 $32,480.40 Plant City 661 62 $46,701.36 Riverview 733 53 $47,117.96 Seffner/Dover 177 21 $4,063.00 TOTALS 3,165 259 $169,538.73
Below is the Relay For Life calendar of events in Eastern Hillsborough County. Each event starts at 6 p.m. and runs through the next morning. Also noted, next team meeting:
- Relay For Life of Bloomingdale — March 25 at Bloomingdale High School
- Relay For Life of FishHawk — March 25 at Newsome High School
- Relay for Life of Riverview — March 26 at Riverview High School
- Relay For Life of Brandon — April 1 at Brandon High School
- Relay For Life of Seffner/Dover — April 1 at Burnett Middle School
- Relay For Life of Plant City — April 8 at Plant City High School
IMPORTANT DATES AND NOTICES:Team Meeting Bank Night Notes Bloomingdale 6 p.m. March 7, Bloomingdale High, Room 131 6 to 8 p.m. March 22, Bloomingdale High, Room 131 Flash Mob Practice: 2 to 4 p.m., March 6 and March 13, Bloomingdale High School football field Brandon 6 p.m. March 8, Brandon High, cafeteria 6 to 8 p.m., March 18, Bank of Tampa, 1217 Oakfield Drive FishHawk Team Captains Party: 6 p.m. March 15, Sunset Bay Chapel, Lithia Plant City Team Captains Party: 6:30 p.m. March 14, Plant City High School, Media Cener Riverview 6 p.m March 14, Riverview High School, cafeteria March 23, Sun Trust Bank, 11104 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview All themes, onsite fundraisers and campsites must be chosen by March 14 Seffner/Dover 6:30 p.m. March 15, Delaney Creek Lodge 6 to 8 p.m. March 29, Railroad & Industrial Credit Union (1209 Kingsway Road) All themes, onsite fundraisers and campsites must be chosen by March 15