Relay for Life



Nevada County’s Relay for Life had shrunk to only 6 teams, but  over $7000 was raised for the American Cancer Society.   The AAUW team raised the most money of any team and Chriss Hood won an award as the individual who raised the most money.  As coordinator Melanie Heckel says, “Go AAUW Fights Cancer team!   Other Walkers were Deb Cubberley and her husband, Gene Haroldsen; Marilyn Chambliss, Susie Monary-Wilson and her husband John; Chriss Hood; Martha Rees; and Ann Shulse.

By Melanie Heckel

Our AAUW Branch formed a Relay for Life team to help our community by joining the fight against cancer by joining this year’s Relay. In past years, the Relay for Life has been a very big deal in this community, as it is across the country. Somehow that effort collapsed a couple of years ago and a new group of people is working to rebuild the effort. Last year AAUW formed a team but the Relay was ultimately cancelled because there weren’t enough participants. Still, AAUW did raise money for the American Cancer Society last year.
This year the Relay for Life for Nevada County was reinstated. Although a relatively small event, it was successful and our team, “AAUW Cancer Fighters” played a big part in that success. The Relay for Life was on Saturday, June 13th, from 4-10 p.m. at the Ready Springs School in Penn Valley. There were 13 teams and 75 participants who raised $7,622 for the American Cancer Society.
It was a very hot day, but also a lot of fun to walk and hang out with a great group of ladies. How did our effort measure up? Well, our Team raised the most money for the Relay, $2,475! In addition, two of our team members came in first and second in individual fund-raising. Chriss Hood came in first, raising $650 and Marilyn Chambliss came in a close second raising $620. Thank you ladies for your great efforts in fund-raising! A number of donations to our team came from AAUW members, so thank you all for making this a successful event and allowing AAUW to lead the way in raising money to fight cancer and helping our community.