, Salem, MA

August 5, 2013

Letter: Peabody unites to fight cancer

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

As staff partner of this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Peabody volunteer planning committee, I would like to thank area residents for their generosity and support. Forty-three teams participated in this year’s event and raised more than $140,000 to help the society’s fight for every birthday, threatened by every cancer, here and throughout the world.

This outstanding show of support proves that the people of Peabody stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the American Cancer Society to achieve its mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and fighting back.

We were honored to be joined by more than 75 survivors who walked the opening Survivors Lap, officially kicking off this year’s event. These survivors are the reason we continue the fight. Their participation inspires hope in those currently battling cancer.

A special thanks to the many Relay For Life volunteers who worked to make this event a success — celebrating the lives of those who have battled cancer, remembering loved ones lost and pledging to fight back against the disease. The Relay For Life committee did an outstanding job of putting the event together. Committee members were: Colleen Derrivan, Shawn Derrivan, Cecelia Cronin, Michael Pelletier, Kathi Syska, Beverley Griffin-Dunne, Ellen Nager-Barden, Leya Barden, Rebecca Middleton, Lorraine Boyd, Elisa Goldberg, Deb Rachman, Maureen Burke, Dawn Suddenfield, Cheryl Benoit, Karen Esperson, Shannon Lane, Maureen Payne, Lisa Alperen and Amanda Alperen.

We also appreciate the generosity of this year’s corporate sponsors. Relay For Life would not be possible without their support. Our sponsors were: A J Mailing Co., Aspect, P & L Accounting Inc., Perfectos, Cape Ann Sign, Copyright Clearance Center, A Small Creation & Boutique, Rousselot, ReMax, Temple Beth Shalom, Sababa, Evans Flowers, Papa Gino’s, Edible Arrangements, Toscana’s, Polcari’s, Supino’s, Chic-fil-A, Santoro’s, Green Pro, Hannaford, Conway Cahill-Brodeur, Goldfarb, Band & Company CPAs, D’Orsi’s, Scoops n’ More, Cains, Artisan Floor Covering, Inc., Classic Faces Day Spa, Phil Richard Insurance, Champions Pub, Eastern Bank, Total Entertainment and ElecComm.

To get involved with your local Relay For Life community event, visit or call 1-800-227-2345 for more information.

Meagan Spencer

American Cancer Society