Research into a cure for cancer is a constant battle and Relay For Life Burlington is in the fray. Like everything else a year ago RFL Burlington’s annual 24 hour walk event on the Burlington High School track was thrown off course and became a virtual event. Saturday, June 12th the RFL Burlington will endeavor on its second virtual event and Chair Nikki Pladziewicz says this year they’re poised and ready with a new kind of fundraising.
“Last year we were kind of caught off guard. We really didn’t know what was going to happen, what we could do,” said Pladziewicz.
This year RFL Burlington, having a heads up on their virtual event, already has better participation numbers and has initiated fundraising efforts aimed at different age groups.
On June 11th 7:30pm RFL Burlington is hosting “Pour With Purpose” a virtual wine tasting. For those who can’t participate the night of the wine tasting you can purchase wine with 10 percent being donated to Relay For Life Burlington.
There is also a May Raffle Calendar which is more family oriented with prizes like passes to the New England Aquarium, Discovery Museum in Acton, Larz Anderson Auto Museum and more. These fundraising endeavors have been successful according to Pladziewicz.
“We were able to learn a lot of lessons that we didn’t have time to figure out last year. It has been much better this year overall,” Pladziewicz said.
The recruitment and fundraising challenges were not limited to Burlington’s undertaking. Pladziewicz attended Relay For Life seminars given by the American Cancer Society where she networked with other Relay For Life communities.
“The challenge for the entire Relay For Life community is trying to reach as many demographics as possible, to get as many people as we can to participate,” said Pladziewicz.
RFL Burlington’s virtual Relay For Life taking place Saturday, June 12th has 12 to15 teams signed up so far. In an effort to make the event as real as virtually possible, they are asking people to submit their cancer survivor and caregiver videos, and post their opening laps from around Burlington’s neighborhoods.
Pladziewicz says the tradition of honoring victims of cancer will happen with the placing of luminaries on the bleachers of Varsity Field.
“We want to have some kind of memorial to Relay For Life even though it’s a shame we can’t’ all get together as a community. Something we can do to at least remind the community of Relay For Life. Have a little reminder but keep people safe in the process,” Pladziewicz said.
Relay For Life Burlington’s continuing efforts these past two years exemplifies their commitment in the pursuit for research, treatments and a cure for cancer.