By John Anderson
“Cheryle’s Cupcakes” “Walking for our Heroes” and “Amanda’s Pandas” were just three team signs at last weekend’s Relay for Life. All were for a person affected by cancer, and the emotional and physical tolls are unknown. Walkers included cancer survivors as well as friends and relatives of those who did not. Attendees were from Auburn, Charlton, Rhode Island, New Jersey and many other places. All had a purpose and shared a common goal – curing cancer.
In its tenth year the Auburn Relay for Life has raised nearly 1 million dollars for this worthy cause. This year’s total was around $100,000 including the $28,000 raised by Auburn’s high school and middle school students last spring in their mini-relay. 37 teams walked at the ARC.
The event kicked off on Friday evening at 5:30 and concluded on Saturday at noon. Boy Scout Troop 101 provided the color guard for the opening ceremonies, and DJ Greg Engvall volunteered for his tenth time. The chair people were Garry Mahlert, Cindy Gallant and Al Narris.
Narris was the first chairman 10 years ago and said the event “is getting bigger and better” and has a “great sense of community.” Mahlert added, “It was really cold at 3am” but he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. He is a cancer survivor, so the Relay takes on a personal meaning.
(This article was delayed for one week as the Auburn Mass Daily attempted to gain more information on the financial success of this event. Multiple email and telephone messages to the American Cancer Society in Northborough were not returned.)