When one of the American Cancer Society’s major annual events, Relay for Life, came to the Connecticut shoreline, Seton decided to get involved.
Tracy Landino, a Seton employee, first got involved with the American Cancer Society a decade ago after cancer deeply impacted her own life and the lives of her loved ones. In 2003, she started a team called House of Hope that has participated in Relay for Life every year since then. Tracy has even been asked to be a guest speaker at the Guilford, CT Relay for Life.
This year, Seton backed Landino’s efforts as she held a luminaria fundraiser prior to the main event. If you aren’t familiar with Relay for Life’s luminaria fundraiser, it is a way to raise money for the cause while honoring those whose lives have been affected by cancer.
The American Cancer Society provides white paper bags that can be purchased for $5 each and then decorated in honor or in memory of a loved one.
The luminaria gave Seton employees more than just a reason to donate to the cause. Each luminaria was thoughtfully dedicated to loved ones who have been affected by cancer, and it became a beautiful opportunity to honor their battle.
These luminaria line the Relay for Life track and then each name is read aloud during the traditional Ceremony of Hope that takes place at each Relay for Life event worldwide. A candle is lit inside of each one to celebrate people who are battling cancer and remember those who have lost their battle.
With the help of a few passionate coworkers, Landino collected 40 luminaria and raised over $200. This contributed to the over $109,000 raised by the local Shoreline Connecticut Relay for Life that Tracy’s team participated in.
As the American Cancer Society celebrates their 100th anniversary this year, Seton was proud to take part in their ongoing fight.
Learn more about Relay for Life at http://www.cancer.org/.