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Relay For Life

May 5, 2012|

A discussion with Whitney Welches about the Relay For Life fundraisers, specifically the Milwaukie relay, including what happens on the day and how you can donate and/or get involved. www.relayforlife.org

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You're listening -- -- -- a series of interviews with people of interest in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington I'm your host -- -- -- we've got a representative from an organization that is very near and dear to my heart -- -- -- -- a few times on this program about my father -- I lost about seven and a half years -- -- so -- throat cancer and because of that while he was going through all that -- about three year battle my family put together a group of family and friends to -- participate -- -- very important an annual event called the relay for life and our family -- -- -- in -- -- part of that organization but I have someone with -- today from relay for life in Milwaukee right here. And Milwaukee or -- and -- his name is Whitney Welch's howry when he. I'm great thank you so much for joining me today that start things off let our listeners know a little bit about yourself and how you came to work with relay for life. While I also I actually like my mother there I was nineteen years old. Taking interest and the eleven peer. Traffic and she doesn't tube. I should say okay less it's cervical cancer and it actually and it expects spreading -- now. -- for a cancer theater a couple months to -- -- about a year hashed through every year since then that was our first year. You know that you wouldn't personally should pack -- each week before the first relay. -- -- actually able to make can't play every year I'm all my siblings and I lock in memory of her and it could -- great I'm -- all get together and it's you know remember her and it's important trash you know kind of get to contain. Right right it's -- nice way for everyone to come together and do something. For 24 hours we'll get into Canada they grieve how this works here a second but. Get your -- together for that 24 hours to to focus on the memory for your mother and I'm sure all the wonderful stories -- -- that sort of thing. And to do something for those who are still battling cancer. So let's let people know exactly what goes on. The relay for life how to how does is work. Well -- -- technically difficult that can explain it like you can really pro life record twenty per hour overnight event. Are making it held it like -- score tracker field -- something larger that the ice well they cheered so lake effect twenty for our. And teams are and how they would be your family and my family each. You know started -- tool where -- companies their cooperation and their church and they can off thirteen and next. He can clean one member of trauma and each team. It ask you be walking the track. -- throughout Broward and -- the -- -- schedule you know I have like one hour at 3 AM amendment right you know actually candidates split up bench. -- song is as long as somebody from your team is walking on the track and all times during that 24 hours. Yes walking around running a lot of times people think of relay and they think it's running back. Right. Right I I don't either and I'm there to you know we're remember my father and and have a nice time with my family and friends and I don't wanna be exhausted so I'm going to walk. -- So then this is also -- fund raiser how how does that work how does walking around the track for 24 hours raise money. Well actually -- -- that what you're on track actually symbolizes you know they can't they never sleeps -- neither are we until we kinda cure. But and don't let mentioned they altogether. I'm throughout the year before the event and they Trent Green we like to encourage each participant is angry that dollar. Not a hundred dollar or a thousand dollars per -- Right we just think your guest and people for ten bucks. Leo yeah. Exactly and and we encourage our participants issued hackney -- -- it is not -- -- to him -- -- -- act touches everybody. I'm and then basically that we Broward and we come together like -- -- hats signify that cancer never actually cool delete. And that -- kind of celebration you know kind of recognize you know how we get throughout the year it you know and everybody coming together for the common we all have something in common and then. It's and to really inspiring Pamela friendly events as well actually the. Now how is the relay for life started this have been going on for quite a long time. Actually. We're originally started in our election -- -- -- in Seattle actually Tacoma and sorry it started in 1980 diet by doctor. Forty -- He wanted to -- great -- can't hear -- basically -- individually one person. So that kind of different obviously back then -- laughter on track for when he Broward. Got numbers aren't feeling any and a friend to come out -- -- of report -- hand then. They paint my whole Q are you -- -- donated money she'll walk around with contractually for architects and he act. Actually he did you really that ear he raised nearly 300000 dollar while yeah I can't back in 1980 I then -- then. How do you think that has grown -- world -- it's you know -- its international and everything felt there are. Hundred relay to our nation's marketplace. And they they'd try to stagger them around Saddam going on at same time. Yeah I definitely you're usually each channel and our community he has done a -- like eat you mentioned -- this from -- -- You know this portal and they're -- torn land are concerned here in Milwaukee show. A lot of different counting do you have -- -- and that they're usually head on it is now. And who wouldn't when someone comes and attends this they put a team together -- conduit. -- are there other events to go on during the swing for hours other than just walked around the track. -- -- I can't stand here on and she is black. Stanley activity even. You know and and like to take it for each relay it our relay -- -- You know we haven't you turn in Lincoln volleyball -- -- and you know we how -- we have relay idol which are. How does the American Idol you know criteria DN. They're -- like harmed by angry tears and got straight you know. He can read more many institutions. Yeah I've seen I've seen over the years and you know a number of things happen everything from you know barbecues celebrate you know some -- will donate -- actually having -- company come in and make sandwiches served sliders -- wherever. I've seen band's show up and play. He's usually like dead Booth decoration contest you know costume contests all sorts of things. Yeah actually this -- imagination what we come up quick this year we actually have -- Wrecked Kyle local council coming out what you can bring -- tell -- yeah. Trickle and yes it's amazing what haven't even if you lose a few hundred people like minded people together in a funny things happen. Yeah. Very cool -- so if somebody is listening to this and they wanna get involved whether they have someone in their family or close to them that has been you know touched by cancer or not. If these wanna get involved heavily to such thing. Pulled -- -- Q and gain more information it can go to the web site it actually WWW. Dot relay for life dot org and then we can that would -- -- you know search your account owner you know -- -- -- right yeah exactly. And our our I think would actually be -- leader VW dot relay for life dot org backlash Milwaukee so are. A -- trickle and then you you basically can find the teen could each team has a little spot on the website where you can donate directly to that team. Yeah definitely and win like can we incurred thirteen tax credit that theory and and they used they -- -- -- -- People go directly to their scheme age or even their personal. Individual patient I'm -- correctly termed. What is your your family's team's name. I -- can you name it TP -- My mom will actually he -- the songs yeah. Can't read my my have my family fun. If I might -- my camera a little bit today in the Hillsboro is that -- -- so certainly you feel like donating donate there or donate to Casey's cause anywhere helps it all goes into the the same pile money and then and helps out the same cause I haven't read so well what type of money does this event -- year round. While here you know I like -- had a different preached to me median each count Allen -- bigger. Here in Milwaukee he actually has last year in 2011. Actually double their money from 2010 -- out and the military exciting with a lot of exciting things happening the last couple years last year we raised. 63000 dollar -- how -- -- they raised and 29. -- -- I have a pretty big and jumped at any time itself and that it similarly -- You know doubled our participating team involved -- -- -- -- Originally -- trump he -- in 2010. And last year had -- nineteen. Until -- -- -- thirty candidate until we're can can you mean the fact he'd -- the little American comedian rush for it more power and sure the American cancer right. That's so cool let's -- yeah and we should mention that this is all kind of put on by the American Cancer Society there that the organization behind all of it is so that's a lot of money do you fear that how much money per location. Content that you add up all the locations. This is heck of an event yeah. History as you're listening to match scope a series of interviews with people of interest in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington I'm your host had Douglas. My guest today is Whitney Welch's and she is with do you relay for life before Milwaukee organ. Relay for life as we've been discussing is that is a fantastic failing an event. That is meant to raise money for the American Cancer Society do certainly you know fight cancer that's -- Seems to be a disease that that touches all of us in one way or another -- either -- your family your friends. Acquaintances why not and basically you get. He's on the track walking around or running around for 24 hours straight. And your team collects money collects pledges what every hurry wanna do it the SA each participant raises a hundred bucks and he got you have ten people a team has a thousand bucks -- just resist. And people are certainly able to raise much much more that's certainly encouraged but it's just it's a wonderful event it's is a wonderful event whether or not you have been touched by cancer or not it's just it's a good cause and it's -- lot of -- They can be any number eventually go on our round. This relay. It's pretty straight ahead of time now tell me about the I forget to name this is dealer luminaries. He actually an -- that it's. That's actually currently -- event has earned. And Murray infection he received donations sure they're really like malaria package and the individuals still out the back. Either in honor -- in memory of someone who has. -- excellent blitzer right cancer. And we actually at night we line and track the preliminary pattern and lit candle inside. And again in memory your -- -- how about individual and it really really an inspiring quote part of the event. We have a ceremony. Usually there's a survivor speaker or -- they care for speaker caregiver of someone who has. Actors and -- sports writing. And -- like it had really inspiring. We are walking you know in the middle and I didn't you know we're all really tired at the workshop hard and it's excellence and achieve the -- written. On the back -- Yeah I had to institute Gilmore specific about what I find really cool is each one of these bags and we -- bags we're talking about a Paper -- went to lunch sacks. It's just a very simple magnet and you mean you decorate it you know people -- memories worth. You know certainly that the name of the person they're doing this in memory of Andy -- put his bag down with a key light and it and you'd think like oh well there's smoke and all that great about that as a -- with -- delight in it. But when you see all of these people all the people who who are being recognized. That day. By their family their friends people who've been lost to cancer and you see all these bags lined up around the track it is humbling. Because you realize like EA -- any individual everyone might lose somebody but when you see all of them together you realize. Just how much this horrible disease affects. Our communities. Our families our lives. And it's it is -- inspiring and in car for a -- beautiful. Definitely that's very well send you know not me. This wouldn't either literally hundreds and hundreds of agony individuals -- on our own communities that are being patched. Right from -- from people there at that location for this event that that place you add up of these hundreds and hundreds of these events that happen every year. And it's it's it's pretty jaw dropping. I know you worked with -- very very into your Euro location the Milwaukee location what would you say sets your event apart from the others. Well like I said. Previously you need it cannot clear -- had a lot of exciting things happening in the you know doubled our alert you know financially and as well as Turkish and quiet. I think it's really exciting expedient actually had and you know our walk into very small community. And how that many people involved in something that means so much teach everyone an action just. It's just -- meaning and then we're really proud we're. We're so proud -- you tarnished you know Milwaukee then -- you know like what we containers 10000. -- -- just healing here in the Portland area and we're just how wanted to be part of the Milwaukee one. Yeah I did that because there are so many of them just in the Portland area which you know. I know this -- as far as like you lose size of cities I think Portland is a thought -- fourth biggest city and we have that many of them that. -- any essays but we have that many of them that happened just around here you can imagine when you get -- even bigger cities. You know as more and more and more and it just speaks to what a huge. A huge thing cancerous and and -- I think because I deal with a lot of charities on the show for any number of diseases conditions any number of social ailments. You know cancer what's the biggest one I actually think people kind of forget about it sometimes because it is so ever present. It's the one that's always been there the people always been fighting for and you have these new concerns a pop up all around it and and all the of course equal importance but cancer it affects how many people. Gadgets -- -- a penny you know -- unique about the relay for life is. You like each other Soviet penal there's more for the communities is that we need -- -- -- tiny puritan and you know. Trying to secure -- everything that we need for them but. And -- -- -- I have actually how true that you know there's. Hundreds of different types of cancers. And and really like not that's how I need to cure for lunch -- can get cancer. -- about trying to cure for all of them -- that that's one reason why I was the you know LeBron can't. You're really try and and their mission. Right candy and each of us you know that they have lost somebody cancer has someone in recent. Even if -- remission whatever. It's rarely the same cancer twice. You know so it does it does no good Forrester go after kind of -- cancer umbrella. And trying get all of us. You know what more more the more. To -- really like it actually I'm going to this year on July 14 and fifteenth. They're like fourteenth at 10 AM July 15 that -- And so what time would you suggest that that Stanley's get there were groups get their to set up because there -- -- Makes a little camp there. She had to clean it kind of depends on until recently that the team you know some are really well -- I can tell you that. You know definitely sometimes it depending on how well organized -- can get there you know an hour or so foreign you can't get up and get prepared for opening ceremony. -- people are. You know last minute and politically it Larry and got a bigger couple hours early to kind of depends on the the organization that -- Sure and we've talked about how individuals are expected to. You know do raise a -- box which really not too difficult over years' time -- can certainly raise a hundred dollars you know what you asked when he people for five bucks or ten people for ten bucks then I think if you if you door and asked to explain that. To cause your fighting for in the event your your participating in. You might find people might actually give you more money than you were expecting that this didn't happen for me when am -- raising money for the sort of thing but. You don't just have to be an individual participating you can also donate if you're not participating and certainly businesses out there if your business -- out there and you're looking for charitable donations and some cause to give your money to here is a good one how to businesses involved. There are multiple opportunities for our local leadership get involved with their local. I'm really strikes. You know each really kind of have different qualification for their sponsorships. Are here in Milwaukee are and sponsorship levels of local travelers -- -- -- -- although it 2000. And each level in election and that dollar amount refused you know talking trash like each level received a logo on the back -- our. Our bench shirt that is if you read 500 individuals here in Milwaukee and and then ultra right the end -- how repetition diet and we're so how. Our web site that we with a logo garnish. They'll from the tree structure age that we comedy shout out -- -- -- -- -- the military and -- so. Not to mention is just a good thing to do. Definitely yeah it makes you feel good QB apart from being very you know. At what people are busy can't you know -- -- 24 hour event and put together that -- you know put together -- team there's Tommy -- cal. -- -- Canadian content that's such as one of common. And speaking specifically does that booted you don't have to actually be there for 24 hours of use figure -- team -- out as. I mean I rarely in able to go inspections at their formal plea for hours -- all. Arrange my family you know go and be -- for a couple of hours and we police make sure that there's just someone always there and you know it turns out there's always find six people there. But you don't have to come and actually stayed for the 24 hours. And that's chromium in a lot of people in -- and that they hit in the -- you know all in mid July at -- percent support so. If you can work around the -- my -- sixteen member so we're able to particular outcome perhaps you know kill our schedule on the track that you granted I and there are. -- -- -- Maybe change your -- and the only technically actually on the track for two parent which and ineptitude feeling I'm able to go to lobby other activities that are available -- -- says it is surely surely you know if you if you're hearing 24 hours that kind of scares away doesn't have to be that way it did get your friends and then scheduled out so you know if you can only be there if you. You've got to work at the end Stanley and take care of which you certainly can bring your family along. You know that they didn't you can you can still make you work without having to be there for full swing for hours let I really can't stress enough what a cool cool event this is Andy you know even if you leave me beer -- are ready to jump in this year go -- -- -- I'll walk around especially to get there in the twilight hours and -- there for the -- area ceremony. That is just awe inspiring if there's anything that's going to -- to get involved in the sort of thing. It's that it is so beautiful and move mean and just so very very cool well I think we're running out of time here is everything else who wanted to cover before we go -- Featured extra quick you mentioning a moment REM and how special that that -- -- -- it -- -- don't want it and all but is anyone can make it out can't easily need not -- early to block any Anita back. You can go to your local really try to website you can actually purchased a little -- -- on the web site and can put in the Mac it's the lot and and your local relay for life. I'm treating members will Abdullah app that's free and how to act -- you know that that person a year you know carry -- -- -- -- is it getting honored or remembered -- happy -- you know you're not able to get. That is so cool and yet I mean win when they say that it's it's beautiful -- movie to be there. I mean -- the individual bags certainly looks beautiful and remembering your own loved one is is a wonderful thing. But when you're there it's not just looking at the -- it's not just looking at the names but you also look up and find the you are surrounded by people that have. A similar experience to you. And to be who around. Hundreds and hundreds of people who you can share that west. Because there's probably a lot of people in your life you can't share that with and here they are here are all the people who know exactly when he went throw. That's money I would take personally -- me in -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- actually a really healing process forward to it every year. And you know not only parent to be able to help you know -- -- -- You know I can't tighten you know to fight cancer but it's appealing to me and emotionally. At eleven years and you actually -- primarily it's electric yesterday and seen that people who have been in your situation that's just amazing and I look for -- Him so again the relay for life before Milwaukee is July 14 and fifteen to starts at 10 AM on the fourteenth at LaSalle high school. Can go to relay for life dot org and look for the Milwaukee location if that's as -- real war. There are many other of these events to go on throughout the year in the Portland area in the Vancouver area. So look it up and if it sounds like some wanna get involved with please do it is a wonderful wonderful fund raiser for the American Cancer Society. To fight this horrible horrible disease. Thank you so much for taking time to be your -- when he. Actually all right that'll do it for this edition of -- scope in Entercom communications public affairs program I've been your host Ted Douglas. If you have a nonprofit or public affairs organization they would like to let others know about please email me at microscope @entercom.com. An intercom starts as -- And please put microscope in the subject line so it doesn't get snagged -- my spam filter. -- go directly to the station's website click on the community Lincoln to make your information there also if you'd like to hear this program again you can visit our podcast page of matches copd exec -- we will find this and the last couple months -- -- episodes. 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