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The First Annual Beth Bryan Swim A Thon

Our community has been working hard to find a meaningful and lasting tribute to a friend, colleague and neighbor. All of this energy has resulted in the formation of the Springfield-Burke Relay for Life Commmittee. This group of dedicated friends have been busy working with the American Cancer Society to make the first Springfield-Burke Relay a reality. The Relay is scheduled for May 14-15, 2010 at the West Springfield High School.

The Springfield-Burke Relay For Life Committee recently announced their first event – The First Annual Beth Bryan Swim-A-Thon – at Orange Hunt Pool from 9-11 PM on Sunday, September 6th. (register by August 28, 2009 by emailing the committee at

The Swim-A-Thon will give all of the kids and families touched by Beth an opportunity to work together in her name for a good cause, enjoy the pool for the last time before school starts, and have a bunch of fun doing it! We will have music, refreshments and games. The Swim-A-Thon will also launch our 2010 efforts in style – and in a way Beth would have appreciated – in the pool!

The pledge form is above and participants are asked to find sponsors for the event and set an individual goal of $25-50 each. If we all participate, we can make this inaugural event a huge success, and all the donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to the American Cancer Society. We want a great turn out, so if you know someone who might like to help out, please feel free to forward this pledge form for them so they can join us for the Swim-A-Thon as well!

In case you don’t know much about the Relay For Life, it is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity. It offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people camp out at West Springfield high school and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relays are an overnight event, and ours is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM on May 14th and ends at 7:00 AM the following morning.
Teams of people from all walks of life have fun while raising much-needed funds to fight cancer and raise awareness of cancer prevention and treatment. No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at Relay. To participate, form a team, or dedicate a luminaria, please get involved and contact the committee at or call me at 703-866-3733.
Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people across the nation to:
• Celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. The strength of survivors inspires others to continue to fight.
• Remember loved ones lost to the disease. At Relay, people who have walked alongside people battling cancer can grieve and find healing.
• Fight Back. We Relay because we have been touched by cancer and desperately want to put an end to the disease.
The First Annual Beth Bryan Swim-A-Thon is the first step toward that goal in 2010 and we welcome your participation!
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