Relay team wants to finish the fight against cancer, one quarter at a time

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life team No Place Like Hope is asking local residents to fill empty prescription vials with quarters to raise money in the fight against cancer. Carl’s Drug Store of Greencastle, Savage Family Pharmacy of Waynesboro and Park Avenue Pharmacy of Chambersburg have agreed to help inform the public and serve as drop off points for the fifth annual fundraiser, “Prescriptions for a CURE”.

According to team captain Helen Keckler, it’s a simple three-step process. Participants are asked to first remove personal prescription labels from a vial, fill the vial with quarters and drop it off at one of the three participating pharmacies between now and April 30.

Keckler added, “Most of us have been touched by cancer and want to make a difference in the fight against it. You don’t have to be a pharmacy customer to participate. We've seen the entire community rally around this effort.”

Keckler emphasized that anyone can fill a vial and drop it off at one of the supporting pharmacies. "The generosity of our community in the past four years has resulted in more than $3,500 in donations. These dollars fund life-saving research, provide educational information, support advocacy and offer services to cancer patients and their families. We hope that everyone who has been touched by cancer will consider helping us finish the fight against this dreaded disease," Keckler added.

The Relay For Life began in Tacoma, Washington in 1985 as a tribute to a man who died of cancer at an early age. Dr. Gordon Klatt, a surgeon and American Cancer Society volunteer, ran and walked on a track for 24 hours as a memorial to this man. He walked 81 miles and raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society.  Dr. Klatt’s vision has blossomed into the Relay For Life, a 24 hour community event for the entire family that raises funds while providing a place and time to celebrate cancer survivors and remember those who fought valiantly against this disease.

This year's local relay will feature a special tribute to caregivers. The Relay For Life of Greencastle will be held on May 13 and 14 at the Greencastle-Antrim High School Kaley Field.

For information about forming a team, making a donation or attending the cancer survivor/caregiver celebration, visit www.relayforlife.org/pagreencastle