Grand Island Relay For Life
Friday, June 4, 2010
6:30 p.m. at Masters Field-Grand Island High School
A.C.S. Grand Island Relay Site
Relay For Life Page - 2009
Mary Dunbar-Daluisio and Candy MyeThe committee for Relay For Life 2010 held an awards night on Tuesday, September 21st to honor the participants of this year's event. The following teams received awards in their respective catagories.
Best Team Spirit - Team Kaegebein
Best Team Creativity - Billy's Buddies
Best Team Theme - Dress Barn
Best Team Tent - Stomp It Out
Best Team Tent - Sidway
Brightest Tent - Moosekateers
Unsung Hero - Shannon Boreali Best Team Fundraiser - Record Breakers/Polka Dot Chix
Top Fundraising Team - A.P.P.
Best Banner Design - Sidway "Garden of Hope"
All photos by JT Tomkins.
The success of our Island of Hope is you, and your never ending compassion for each other. I can’t thank you all enough but I want you to help me thank the committee that works year round like you do, so please if you see them out and about please extend your thank you to them. They are Sue and Eric Berger, Deb Bota, Kat and Doug Bruch, Cheryl Chamberlain, Sandra Cook, Barb Custodi, John Dickinson, Lynn Dingey, Dennis Donovan, Lisa Dudley, Sheryl Fiedler (this year's Honorary Survivor), Daneen Gallagher, Kevin Hagen, Rosemary Hajnos, Arlene Larry, Dan McBride, Peter McMahon, Candise Mye, Mandy Myers, Marietta Rotella, Kim and Scott Kalman, Bonnie Sciuk, Becky and Rich Stufkosky, Donna and JT Tomkins, Nancy Webb, and Liz Wilbert. What a fantastic group of friends to plan and execute such an event. They make it happen for all of you.
We also want to thank Elmo and Cookie Monster, Noodles and Bean Blossom, Cathy’s Dance Academy, Tricia Giambattista (warm up), VFW Honor Guard, Glenn Hillman (National Anthem), Cassie Ungaro (Survivor-caregiver-team laps), Grand Island Islettes, Irish Dancers, Step-in-time, City of Thorold Bag Pipe Band, DeeAnn and Grace Tompkins, Chris “Bulldog” Parker (WGR), Larry Playfair (your tent judging team), and our Prayer Tent. Special thanks to our Grand Island volunteer firemen and EMT’s, our police department, especially Trooper Chris Pyc, Grand Island Recreation Dept., Dolly D’Orazio, Desi Gallagher, Cindy Winn and Family, Boy Scout Troop 630 St. Stephens for the clean up efforts (you couldn’t tell thousands of people were there the night before).
Thank you also to everyone who made a canned food donation personally along with Life Technologies (500 cans) and Cannon Design. Through your generosity and the direction of Becky Stufkosy, we donated approximately 1500 cans, which made the Neighbor Foundation cupboards overflow. So they shipped some over to St. James Church in the inner city, who were really in need- so you see your goodwill for others overflowed our Island borders again.
In closing, the day of Relay is our Celebration, I hope everyone had fun. I for one was so sad to have to close down early. I always feel that way at the end, like a bride does when the wedding is over and all the guests go home. We work so hard all year long to plan. We all work to fight this disease together, to support those touched, suffering, and lost to it. As it is said “cancer doesn’t sleep” and neither should we. When I watched the slide show of pictures JT Tomkins sent me, I was so filled with emotion. All the faces or should I say the fabric of our Island shown before my eyes. The new people I met and the faces of our loved ones you and I now hold in our hearts as a memory. Please help me make it a reality that we ELLIMINATE cancer in our lifetime. I truly believe we have what it takes to make it possible!
Ten Million Thanks and Prayers to all of you,
Mary A Dunbar-Daluisio
PS. This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in, unless we make it a good place for ALL of us to live!! (Teddy Roosevelt)
What To Bring and Schedule of Events.
The Relay For Life has a basket raffle every year and this year's baskets may be seen on display at Designet Jewelers, 1869 Whitehaven Rd. Tickets are available for $5.00 per sheet or five sheets for $20.00 and may be purchased until 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 4th. The basket raffle runs from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. under the basket tent at relay. Numbers will be drawn immediately and winners are asked to pick up their baskets by 11:00 p.m. Those unable to attend will be called the following day. Checks are accepted and may be made out to "ACS".
sample list and call Renee at 773-3321 or Barb at 773-9483 for drop off locations and pick-up.
registration form and turn in to your teacher no later than Monday, May 17th.
flyer for details...
By Sheryl Fiedler...It was April 17th, 2006, the day after Easter, when my whole life changed. I woke up early in the morning to get ready for work and started coughing again. I was being treated for acid reflux and asthma, but finally, fed up with the lack of results, insisted on a chest X-ray. It had been 8 months since the cough had started, but with no history of cancer in the family no one thought to look for more.
The next 7 months were a blur….CAT scans, PET scans, surgery, Chemo… Non Small Cell Adenoma, stage 3 lung cancer. Probably environmental, I worked in a hair and nail salon for years. Most people assume you have to smoke to get Lung cancer…not true! I lost my left lung, but gained a second chance at life. I now realize more than ever that every day is a blessing and there is a new adventure around every corner.
I thank Dr. O Keeffe, and Dr. Sherif for saving my life, and Dr. Zeilinski for keeping me cancer free. Most of all I thank my family and friends for all they did for me, especially my kids Kurt, Brett and Sara, and my mom, Joyce. The American Cancer Society, from their volunteers who came around to offer their help, advise, and support while I was in the Chemo center, the programs they offer like the “Look good feel better program”, and now Relay for Life, has given me the privilege of being surrounded by some of the most giving, caring, strong and just plain amazing people. After attending my first Relay for Life I realized that maybe this was just a little part of the reason I was still here, and that the people I had met on my journey as a survivor were leading me to Relay, giving me a chance to give back and maybe make a difference in someone else’s life. I was more than just a little surprised to be asked to be Honorary Survivor for this year’s Relay. Of course I said yes….no one can say no to Mary, but the real honor has been to meet and work with Grand Island’s awesome Relay committee and to have been given the opportunity to meet and talk with so many other survivors. I have been so inspired and encouraged by the people I have met. It even gave me the courage to go back to college! I hope that by sharing my story I can show that cancer doesn’t have to win …………. This year’s ACS slogan is “Imagine a world with more birthdays!” I do…and since cancer,I’ve celebrated four more birthdays, and counting…………………….. Help us make it happen. Get involved. Start a team. Join a team. Next Team Captain meeting is Tuesday, March 23rd at 7PM in High School Room 110. Stop by and see what Relay is all about. Mark your calendar now - Grand Island’s Relay For Life “Carnival for a Cure” takes place June 4th.
Left: Candy Mye and Liz Wilbert. Right: Beth Boron, Genna Baldassare and Zoe DoddThe Grand Island Relay For Life Kickoff and Award Ceremony was held on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. Co-chairs Mary Dunbar-Daluisio and Peter McMahon greeted everyone back for another successful year. Last year's total was down a bit from the year before at $142,445. In the seven years that Grand Island has been involved in the Relay, we have raised $684,940. The 2009 Relay had 78 teams registered, over 100 survivors and 735 team participants. It was announced that the Grand Island Relay For Life Honorary Survivor 2010 is Sheryl Fiedler. Sheryl is a lung cancer survivor and through her desire to FightBack against this disease, has been serving on the committee for Relay as well as the team captain for her childrens team. You may have seen her at numerous fundraising events and Paint the Island Purple event on May 1st each year.
Through the leadership of Nancy Webb, the ACS's third Cancer Prevention Study had 200 participants register. Grand Island also had the highest number of Relay All Stars for all of the WNY Relays. The All Star designation is for participants who raise over $2,500 each. Below is a list of All Stars and the amount they raised.
Amanda Jordan - $5,900, Robert Duggan - $4,100, Robert Cooke - $3,500, Dan McBride - $3,000, Ben Tomkins - $2,500, Emily Sommer - $2,500, Mary Dunbar Daluisio - $2,500, Donna Tomkins - $2,500
The 2010 Relay will be held on Friday, June 4th. Gates will open at 2:00 p.m., opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m., luminaria ceremony at 9:00 p.m. and closing ceremony at midnight. Commitee members noted for their hard work are Nancy Webb, Donna Tomkins, Rich and Becky Stufkosky, Catherine Bruch and Lynn Dingey. The following list is Relay 2009 Award Winners.
Best Team Spirit - Kaegebein, Best Team Creativity - Billy's Buddies, Best Team Theme - Jon Jon's, Best Team Tent - Angels In Disguise, Brightest Tent - Sidway Superstars, Unsung Hero - Becky Stufkosky, Daneen Gallagher and Rene Gugino, Best Team Fundraiser - Moosekateers, Top Fundraising Team - APP, Best Banner - Funky Purple People
Grand Island Relay For Life Kick-Off Tuesday, January 12th - January 2010
The 2010 Grand Island Relay For Life website is now up and running. You can go to the Grand Island Relay site to register your team before the Kick-Off on Tuesday, January 12th at 7 p.m. at Grand Island High School Auditorium. If you have any trouble with your registration, there will be committee members on hand to help you with it. Everyone is asked to bring a flashlight for the ceremony. Bring a friend that wants to become a team captain and you will be entered into a Relay Prize drawing. The Kick-Off, as always, will be filled with information, suggestions for fundraising and awards ceremony for Relay 2009. The Relay hopes to enlist more teams than last year in the fight to raise money to fight cancer.
Island Cancer Survivors, Buffalo Bills Team Up - 2009
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Island residents Lisa Dudley and Denise Filosofos, both cancer survivors, were among those chosen through a lottery to participate in the Buffalo Bills breast cancer awareness day at the Sunday, October 10th Bills game. The NFL is dedicating some of the games to raise awareness for breast cancer. See "Buffalo Bills & Island Survivors" for more information.
Island Cancer Survivers Join Billieve Team- Oct. 2009
This Sunday, October 11th, is breast cancer awareness day at the Buffallo Bills game. October is Breast Cancer month and the NFL is dedicating some of the games to raise awareness for breast cancer. Two Island residents and cancer survivors, Lisa Dudley and Denise Filosofos, have been chosen to participate from a lottery. Lisa and Denise will receive pink Bills shirts, two game tickets and be part of a pre-game ceremony where they will stand near the tunnel where the players enter, and be part of stampede row with the Bills cheerleaders.
The Jills cheerleaders will wear pink jerseys and use pink pom-poms during the game. The Bills will have pink goal post padding, Billieve banners on the ring wall and ribbon logos painted on the field. Players will also use pink cleats, wristbands, gloves, sideline caps, Captain's patches and sideline and quarterback towels. Tune in on Sunday. The ladies are to go out on the field at 12:45 p.m.