Raising funds for a cure

Posted: June 19, 2014 - 4:02pm

Four hardworking chefs, 942 hamburgers and hot dogs and many hands packaging and serving the meals — the numbers tell the story. The 2014 Construction Relay for Life picnic was a huge success; funds raised accounted for more than 80 percent of Y‑12’s Relay for Life contribution. And for that, Construction Manager Joe Kato said, “Thanks to all those who helped and participated.”

The Relay for Life honors cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost and fights back against a disease that has taken too many. The picnic is one way Y‑12 fights back.

“For Y‑12, the Relay for Life Picnic is more than just a fund raiser,” said Jim Haynes, senior vice president and deputy general manager. “It also provides an opportunity for camaraderie with our co-workers and time to refl ect on our brothers and sisters affected by this disease.”

The Relay team also held a silent auction and sold luminaries, bracelets and team shirts to raise money. The t-shirt design was created by Y‑12’s Cheryl Walker, who has been touched personally by cancer. “My mom is a lung cancer survivor. God has blessed me with a little artistic talent and a little more time with my mother,” Walker said.

Multiple fund raising activities led up to the May 16 Relay held at Oak Ridge High School. Twenty-six Y‑12ers (plus their families) braved the rainy weather conditions and participated in this year’s event.

Y‑12’s Karen Lacey, who served as this year’s campaign chair, said, “We had a fun and successful event.”

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