Real Everyday Lives Always Yearning for a cure at Norlanco Relay for Life raises $264K and counting for ACS

By on June 19, 2013



, Staff Writer

Pictured is Kylee Sowel, mother and survivor, with her daughter Caydence.

You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful evening.

Forty six Norlanco Relay for Life teams took to the track at the Cocalico High School June 14 and 15 for its annual Relay For Life. Brightly colored shirts decorated the track as participants of all ages showed their support and love for those fighting the disease and to raise money and awareness to end the fight against cancer.

Ryan and Christina Williams have walked with the team Envision No Cancer for the past few years. They missed last year due to the arrival of their daughter, Samantha, who turned one on Thursday. This year, she was showing her support from a harness on her mom’s back.

"My mom is the team captain and she is a survivor," said Ryan of why they participate in the Relay. "Grandparents we lost, and there are other family members that have been fighting or are in the middle of a fight."

Ephrata National Bank’s team Banking for a Cure serves as one of Norlanco’s larger groups with two teams walking. Michele Rountree and Becky Riegel originally started the Relay with ENB to support a good cause, but as time past, are seeing people closer to them affected by cancer.

"Since we walked last, three close people to me were diagnosed with cancer," said Rountree.

"That’s our reason to keep going," added Riegel.

Bob and Monica Bowman of the team Nancy’s Nutcases are Relaying for the first time in support of their daughter-in-law, who was diagnosed with breast cancer and is now in remission. Her mother, Nancy, lost her fight against breast cancer.

Lisa Frymeyer walks with Angels in Heaven, she also lost her mother to breast cancer.

"This is my therapy," she said of the Relay. "This group is like family to me."

Local legislation was also in attendance to support the cause including state representative Mindy Fee, senator Mike Brubaker and local mayors Ralph Mowen, Adam Webber and John McBeth.

After a survival’s dinner and some words of hope from Gavin Robertson, Director of Penn State Hershey Melanoma Center, the survivors and caregivers lined the track arm and arm, carrying a 1,380 link paper chain, representing each year of survival. Lori Stayer, this year’s honorary chair, gave a powerful and hopeful speech about her fight against cancer and cut the ribbon as the relayers took the emotionally charged walk around the track.

At 9 p.m., the teams stopped to remember their loved ones with a luminary of candles that lined the track. Reuel Johnson, national vice president of Relay For Life, addressed the crowd and gave a presentation on the international impact Relay For Life has had in 2012. Overnight laps represented the 21 countries around the world that participate in the Relay.

Participants enjoyed zumba on Saturday morning to get the extra boost they needed for the last few hours of the event. There was also booths with information on stress management and nutrition.

Lorraine Korber is one of the two publicity and advertising chairpersons, along with Cindy Mellinger, for Norlanco. Korber is also a cancer survivor and has seen it effect her family and Relay is her way of giving back and helping others effected by the disease.

"I do this for all who cannot be with me, that lost the battle," Korber explained. "When walking the lap, a complete stranger may hold your hand to keep your balance as so many cheer you on while they watch on the sidelines of the track – the emotional support of those folks make you feel like a million dollars. We will win the fight someday, hopefully soon."

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