by Lisa Tome
When it comes to fighting cancer, Elkton Mayor Rob Alt is posing a challenge to neighboring towns.
The mayor and town staffers Cheyne Hudson and Code Watson are gearing up for the May 20 Elkton Relay for Life event. They are now asking other towns to join them in the fight.
Hudson explained that Elkton's team is called We Are Elkton. Anyone who is interested may join. Each team member raises funds. The team will also work together in group fundraisers such as bake sales. During the relay, they will also have a food concession with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
Relay for Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease.
Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups - people from all walks of life sharing a common goal. That goal is furthering the American Cancer Society's vision of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
Hudson has a personal interest in curing cancer. "My mom had colon cancer. She's been in remission since I was three," said Hudson. Watson has watched two of her grandparents battle cancer.
Last year, the Town of Elkton's team raised $2,324.25 shattering their goal of $1,000. This year, the team hopes to raise $10,000.
"Hopefully, we can get other towns to jump on the bandwagon," said Hudson.
Anyone who wants to get involved in Elkton's Relay for Life team may call Cheyne Hudson at (410) 398-0970. You may also search the Relay of Life website for ways to participate.