June is always a special time here at Workers Credit Union. Not only do the days get longer and the sun starts shining but the culmination of a year’s worth of work starts to pay off. Over the past 20 years Workers has put together a team and laced up their sneakers to participate in the Great Gardner Relay for Life to end cancer. A two day event where participants walk the track at Mount Wachusett Community College for 24 hours straight. Each team has at least one walker on the track at all times.
In 2019 our team was led by captains Jaclyn Hayes and Rosa Rivera. The team is comprised of volunteers ranging from walkers, to setup crew, to fundraising event hosts, to money counters working in a make shift bank setup to tally donations as they continue to come in during the event – we do it all.
This year was no different. A group of like-minded individuals came together to raise over $23,000 for the Relay for Life. The event is a personal journey for many on the team that have either been affected by cancer themselves or by someone close to them. Our top fundraiser this year was Patricia Wayrynen raising $1,600 on her own. Patty is not only a Workers employee, but is also one of the leaders of the relay.
Not to be outdone, Chere Piermarini walked a total over 40 miles, a bead for every lap. On top of that Chere raised close to $1,400.
The relay is a celebration of life, supporting those that have survived and honoring those that we have lost to cancer. For every smile there is a tear. For every tear there is a reason to keep moving forward. This is a special time of year and we will continue to fight for the cause, putting an end to cancer.
|Workers Relay for Life Team
Relay Bank Volunteers