“Relay For Life” of New Milford: The Music Video!

Last weekend, the annual American Cancer Society’s “Relay For Life” of New Milford, Connecticut was held at Sarah Noble Middle School. I sit on the committee of this wonderful event as the Publicity Chairperson. If you have never attended a Relay, I promise you that it is an event that will stay with you forever.

Obviously, it’s primary function is as a fundraiser. But it is so much more than that. It is a place for cancer survivors, caretakers, family, and friends to come together. It’s a huge party! The’s food, raffles, games, and all kinds of other fun activities. We even had a renewal of wedding vows at the event this year! In turn… It is also a time to remember those that have passed on due to this horrible disease. The Luminaria ceremony and silent laps are perhaps one of the most emotional and beautiful aspects of any “Relay For Life.”

I usually spend my time at Relay running around, answering questions, and trying to help things run smoothly. I’m also the guy with a camera attached to his neck. I probably took close to 400 pictures to document the event (Thank God for digital DSLR cameras). One of the hardest aspects of what I do, is to try and narrow those pictures down to just a few that I feel represent what “Relay” is all about. And then I make a music “video.” This isn’t something I have to do… It’s something I enjoy. So the first step was figuring out what song to use. I came up with what I think is the perfect song: “Courage” by Orianthi. The song is a duet with Lacey from the band, Flyleaf. Then I had to figure out how to cut 400 pictures down to a relative few to fit the length of the song. Here is the video. I hope that you enjoy it. And please, find a “Relay For Life” in your area in which to participate. I promise… It will be amazing! For more information on “Relay”, click here.

Relay For Life of New Milford a Success!

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I haven’t posted an entry for a while, but I’m back!  It’s been a long couple of months. My job hunt takes up a good deal of time and I have been getting more hours at my part-time job.  the thing that has been taking up most of my time has been the lead-up to Relay For Life of New Milford.

For those that don’t know, Relay is essentially an overnight event where teams walk around a track in an effort to raise much needed funds for the American Cancer Society.  People set up campsites, host fundraisers at their site, and come together for a great cause.  It is not only meant as a fundraiser, but to remember those who were taken from us and as a celebration for those of us who have survived.  This is the simplistic version.  To find out more about what Relay For Life is and how you can start a team, click here.

I’ve been on the Relay For Life committee for a few years, but have not really been that involved.  I was initially asked to be on the committee by a friend at the American Cancer Society. At the time, I was working for a couple of radio stations, and we were sponsoring the New Milford event. My friend told me that the committee there could use some help.  I signed on, but my involvement was primarily through the radio stations.  Last year, I was in the middle of going through my chemotherapy treatments (as well as conducting a full-time job search and working part-time), so even though I was a member of the committee, I wasn’t really involved. However, this year, I took on more responsibility.  I became the Publicity Chair, which meant that I handled all of the PR work.  I developed media contacts, wrote press releases, gave interviews, put together a slideshow to be used at the event, and helped out in any other way that I could.  And despite the chemo (which is now over), continuing job search, and, now, 2 part-time jobs, I took on the role because I felt it was important.  Also, selfishly, it would give me more PR experience to carry into whatever job I eventually get hired for (hiring managers… please check out my resume link).

We were under some pressure.  We had to meet certain fundraising goals, as the New Milford event had been declining in recent years.  Not only that, but after, literally weeks of unrelenting rain in the State of Connecticut,  we were worried about weather playing a factor.  The night before our event, a tornado touched down in Wethersfield, a town about 50 miles from New Milford.

The day finally came… June 27, 2009.  for the first time in nearly a month, not a drop of rain fell.  On us, anyway.  Other parts of the state had some wild weather.  But not our area, thankfully.  And people came!  It turned into an amazing event.  Everybody had a great time.

And while I don’t have the final numbers as of this writing, I do know that we exceeded our goal!  One team even raised almost $10,000 in just two weeks!

It was a lot of fun an a LOT of work.  But it was well worth it!  And I’m looking forward to next year’s event.

Celebrate.  Remeber.  Fight Back.

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