Relay for Life 2012

Relay for Life 2012

Biodex Employees Raise $8K for American Cancer Society

For the third year in a row, Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. has participated in the Center Moriches Relay for Life, the fund-raising arm for the American Cancer Society.  Relay for Life is a life-changing event that helps communities across the globe celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

This year there were 26 people representing Biodex, including employees and family members alike. Team members raised a total of $8,000.00 for the American Cancer Society with activities including a Chinese Auction, BBQ lunch, raffles and bake sales prior to the Relay.  At the Relay itself we sold popcorn and had a bounce house donated for all the kids to enjoy.

Biodex had quite a few first-time participants this year and this is what some had to say:

Jill Greene:  “The opening ceremony was a great start to the day! The Boy Scouts presented the colors, the reverend spoke beautiful words and then the first few laps were walked by the survivors and their caregivers. Everyone cheered and applauded. It was a very moving and emotional feeling. It definitely set the tone for the day. How wonderful it was that as a company we came together and showed our support.”

Jennifer Postawa:  “Good times; Great cause; Memories made; Relay for Life!”

Judy Markfeld:  “This relay was a testimony to what can be accomplished when everyone works together for a common goal.”

Greta Huddleston:  “It was my first Relay and it left an ominous impression, especially the Luminaria ceremony. As I lit the candles in the bags, I felt the immensity of these events all over the world, and the unselfish efforts that hundreds of thousands put forth.”

Maureen Sagnella:  “It was an honor and a privilege to participate in the Relay for Life.  I’ve lost many family members to this deadly disease and knowing that I possibly helped someone  makes it all worthwhile!”

Charlotte DiCarlo:  “This was the first time I was a member of a team.  It was a wonderful experience to be part of the Relay.”

And from the veterans of Relay:

Crystal Errante:  “It’s always so nice to be reminded how many wonderful people there are in our community.  I enjoyed walking the track, listening to the bands and all the different activities at each site that kept my 9 year old daughter entertained for 10 hours!”

Ray Rinchey Jr.:  “The Relay for Life is an experience that will follow me for the rest of my life and I love raising money for a great cause.”

Heather Olenick:  “Ray (aka “sexy chick”) was such a trooper. He wore a chicken costume to raise money for us!  I had to take him behind the stage a few times to pull off the mask to pour cold bottles of water on his head – and he just kept going!  How fun it was to drive with Sue in the golf cart – remember going over the pitcher’s mound, LOL! It was so nice that so many co-workers/friends came to visit/support us!”

Camille Ketcham:  “I think the Relay was a great way for my family to be together and to give back to our community.  We have a close neighbor that has been fighting cancer and it made my children feel good that they can in some way help.”

Amy Malave:  “It was inspirational seeing all of the survivors, caregivers and everyone else, all there supporting such a great cause!”

Kristen Foster:  “The relay promotes the importance of teamwork among both team members and the community. It reminds us that the support of others really can make a difference in the world.”

Kathy Cunningham:  I had a great time with my kids and I was able to show them the importance of rallying together with others to support the fight against cancer.

Gary Barello:  “For me, having lost both Mom and Dad to cancer, it is enriching  and uplifting to know that where one individual may feel isolated and alone in the face of a frightening illness, that same individual is neither alone nor isolated when they join with other people – and receive energy, strength and hope….This makes all things possible….”

Sue Brennan:  “This was my last year doing the Relay for Biodex and my first year on the planning committee for the event. I will be continuing my efforts by remaining on the planning committee for years to come. I hope to inspire people to join in the fight against this disease as I continue to support the cause in any way I can.”