Wesley continues relay for life tradition

Wesley continues relay for life tradition

This is a news release from Wesley Medical Center

Wesley Medical Center continued a tradition today, hosting an event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society as part of their Light the Track fundraising activities to benefit Relay for Life. The activities, introduced in 2012, are held each year in memory of Dr. Glenn Smith and in honor of all those battling cancer.

In 2012, Wesley's team of volunteers set an ambitious goal of $10,000 for the inaugural event. Funds were raised through t-shirt sales, bake sales and, most notably, by lighting up the grounds of Wesley Medical Center with paper luminaries. The luminaries, sold at $10 each, were decorated with the names of loved ones who have battled cancer. The event raised more than $12,000 in the first year and plans quickly took shape to turn Light the Track into an annual tradition.

Building upon the success of the inaugural event, the Wesley team set their sights even higher in 2013, with a fundraising goal of $15,000. The relay walk quickly expanded into an evening filled with entertainment, art and jewelry sales, a baked goods auction and other on-site fundraising efforts. In addition, Light the Track began to grow beyond the one-night event to include a silent auction, fashion show and chili cook-off in the days leading up to the relay and luminary lighting event.

Light the Track now extends far outside the bounds of a one-night event to include jewelry shows, gift basket raffles, bake sales, a beauty pageant and, new this year, a Chopped competition, mimicking the popular “Chopped” television show. The “Chopped” competition featured Wesley administrators and pitted them against one another to create dishes with limited ingredients and resources, ending with each one facing judges. Hospital guests and employees purchased tickets to watch the show and for a chance to become a judge as competitors battled for the win.

In 2014, the team's fundraising events raised nearly $20,000 for Relay for Life. Wesley's final Light the Track relay event will be held on April 10 at 5:30pm.