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Nucor aims to raise $50,000 for Relay for Life

By Paul Huggins
phuggins@decaturdaily.com · 340-2395

Nucor employees are on mission to be the first Relay for Life team in Alabama to raise $50,000 in one year.

They’ve already surpassed last year’s total of $32,000, which went to the American Cancer Society, and they have five weeks left to raise more funds.

Team captains say they have enough time to reach their goal, and Relay officials say there’s still plenty of time to form a team and join this year’s event.

For the second straight year, Morgan County will have two Relay for Life events, one in Hartselle on April 28-29 and the other in Decatur on May 4-5.

Relay for Life is a 12-hour, overnight event designed to celebrate cancer survivorship and raise money to help cancer research and support those fighting the disease. During the event, team members take turns walking laps around a track, which is surrounded by team campsites and booths.

Teams are not required to stay the entire 12 hours.

Last year, 55 Decatur Relay for Life teams raised $197,792. The goal this year is 65 teams and $203,000. Twenty-three Hartselle teams raised $57,509 last year. The goal this year is 35 teams and $67,000.

Kristi McBrayer, Nucor co-captain, said her 22-member team started working toward the $50,000 goal in August. The company does a lot of in-house fundraising, such as department competitions, but also does community events. On April 28, Nucor will present its second annual Princess of Hope beauty pageant at West Morgan High School.

McBrayer said putting a Relay for Life team together helps boost morale in the workplace and puts teambuilding into practice. Nucor has about 600 employees divided on different shifts, so without team-oriented events, it’s hard to get to know fellow co-workers, she said.

“Everybody who joins has their own reasons for doing it, but we’ve come together for a common goal,” she said. “We may not see this person on a regular basis, but we get to work with them, and they get to work with us.”

Last year, Relay for Life added an Internet feature to help teams raise money online and even participate as a “virtual team.” Virtual teams can exist entirely on the Internet and do not have to attend the outdoor event.

Teams can personalize an American Cancer Society Web page and use it to send online requests to potential supporters. Morgan County teams have done well with online fundraising and as of last week were eighth in the Mid-South division with $11,684 raised by 11 teams.

One of the strongest online users is Wayne Farms, which is well on its way to reaching $25,000 this year, more than double last year’s effort. The poultry processing plant also has raised money with bake sales, cookbook sales and will present a golf tournament in April.

“It’s really good whenever you set a goal and they meet that goal,” said Tracy Blaxton, Wayne Farms team captain.

To start a Hartselle team, register online at www.acsevents.org/relay/al/hartselle, and to start a Decatur team go to www.acsevents.org/relay/al/decatur.

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