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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Relay For Life team at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital recognized for an amazing year

Unicoi County Memorial Hospital's Lesa Buchanan with the Ayers Community Impact Award; the UCMH Relay For Life team more than double its goal by raising over $10,000.ERWIN, Tenn. – The Relay For Life team at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital has always set the example for what a Relay For Life team can do and accomplish, but 2017 was a special year. 

The team goal for fundraising in 2017 was $4,000. Through various fundraising events throughout the year, they were able to more than double their goal and come in at just over $10,700! That amount was more than any other Relay For Life team in Unicoi County in 2017!

In recognition of that, the team was awarded the Ayers Community Impact Award for the impact and difference they made in Unicoi County in 2017. 

Relay For Life team organizer and point person Lesa Buchanan, patient access supervisor at the hospital, attributed this year’s success to amazing teamwork.

“We have such a great team that makes it all happen,” Buchanan said. “They held different fundraisers each month with several new ideas used this year. They were all a huge success and really involved the community.”

The group held two Masterpiece Mixers, a golf tournament, monthly gift basket sales donated by a different hospital department each month, and T-shirt sales. Donations were also received from several local businesses, hospital team members and their families.

In addition to their record-breaking fundraising, the team received the Ayers Community Impact Award, and the team’s western theme – “Give Cancer the Boot!” – received the award for best booth decoration and best team T-shirt.

“I am so proud of our team and the difference they were able to make this year,” Buchanan said. “We are all affected by cancer, whether it be personally, a loved one, friend, or co-worker, and our team wants to show support and help out any in any way possible.”