The American Cancer Society‘s annual fundraising walk Relay For Life was held Friday evening, July 8, and the Yellowstone County (Billings, MT) event raised $537,000. About 5,000 Relay For Life events are held worldwide and the Yellowstone County Relay is rated number eight in the world, topping larger regional markets like Denver and Spokane in total fundraising. Out of 168 teams that participated in YC this year, CTA’s team came in 15th place, raising $7637 — making 2016 its best year to date! The top team this year was Altana Federal Credit Union, who raised $22,490.
CTA’s team was founded in 2010, raising $2,944 that first year. It’s now grown to 14 members, three of which are cancer survivors. It may call Billings home, but many get involved with the YC team firm-wide. For instance, for a fundraising cookbook this year, recipes were submitted by team members in Billings, Austin, Seattle, Denver, and Boise, just to mention a few. CTA Boise gets big kudos — between cookbooks purchased and donations to our team in Billings, they raised over $500.
“The Relay event is so great because we all pull together to help a cause much greater than ourselves,” CTA project manager and team captain Bob Cummings said. “Cancer affects far too many of us and it feels good to contribute and fight back. With all of us united, cancer doesn’t stand a chance.” Cummings and his wife, Robyn — both cancer survivors — have been named Grand Marshalls for the 2017 Relay For Life of Yellowstone County.
On behalf of the whole team, thank you to everyone at CTA, families, and community members. This effort couldn’t be undertaken without you!