Relay for Life team to host wine, paint fundraiserWritten by Holly Tuey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Many people are affected by cancer, in some way, at some point in their lives. One group of those affected decided to come together to help put an end to the suffering cancer can cause.
The Answer for Cancer is made up for several people in the Toledo area who have had family members or friends diagnosed with cancer. They wanted to do something about it, so last year they formed a Relay for Life team to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
“We chose the American Cancer Society over another organization because of the longevity of the society, the fact that they contribute over $120 million a year to cancer research and have played an important role in promoting early detection,” explained Allyson Tscherne, co-captain of the team. “We chose them also because we can see on a local level how the money we raise for them helps local people fighting against cancer, specifically education, lodging, transportation and online support communities.”
Although several members of the group have been involved in Relay for Life for years, they didn’t form The Answer for Cancer until last year.
“Many of us had become more affected as time went on,” Tscherne said. “From fighting with our loved ones to celebrating with them and to losing them. We wanted to do something to help find an end to the pain a family feels when they hear the words, ‘You have cancer.’”
Tscherne, like the other members, knows that feeling. She has already lost grandparents to cancer, and her grandfather Bob Toth is currently fighting multiple myeloma. Toth is also on the team.
The team raised $4,500 last year, and this year they’ve already met their goal of $8,000. But they’re not done.
They are hosting an event they call Paint it Forward from 5-9:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Forrester’s on the River. For $55, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine while painting. Instructors from Uncork the Artist are volunteering their time to walk guests through the process of creating a painting.
“Instructors will be available to guide painters step by step through the process, so you don’t have to be an artist or know anything about painting to do it,” Tscherne said.
At the end there will be a wine pull. Guests will take a bottle of wine home in a bag – the kind of wine will be a surprise until they get home. There will also be a silent auction and raffle during the event. Local businesses and artists donated gift cards and other items, including a glass piece from the Toledo Museum of Art, to be auctioned or raffled off.
All proceeds from Paint it Forward will go to The Answer for Cancer’s Relay funds.
In the spring, The Answer for Cancer will host a taco dinner in Oregon, and on Aug. 2 they plan to host a golf outing.
For more information about the team, upcoming events or to donate, call (419) 261-2559 or visit www.theanswerforcancer.com.