MILFORD — Once a year, volunteers gather for an annual overnight behind the old Milford Middle School in support of the American Cancer Society through its Relay for Life event.
Milford resident Brenda Beissel takes that commitment to heart as she has for the past 19 years. Only missing the first year of the event, Ms. Burbage says she has personally contributed more than $60,000 to the American Cancer Society through her fundraising efforts.
“We’re all touched by it. I lost my husband, my mother, my mother-in-law and my mother’s twin sister to it. And my father fought it three times,” she said. “Three were from breast cancer and my likelihood is quite high.”
To help Ms. Beissel and the Ribbons for Rainbows team raise money, Maggie Mae Stewart and Marie Lewandowski donated sales space inside Milford Antiques and Friends located on N. Walnut St. in the downtown area.
“Maggie is so gracious to let us be here,” Ms. Beissel said. “I have over 100 pieces. Some of it is donated. Some of it is creative shopping and yard sales. But it’s primarily from donations. And it benefits the relay.”
Items for sale benefitting the relay range from $5-50 each and include a wide variety of interests from country décor to Americana to gifts and everything in between.
“There’s nothing like it [cancer]. Everyday it’s your main concern. And it changes your life,” she explained. “For those families, the least we can do is offer our support.”
Members of the “Walkers for Life” relay team will sponsor an Easter Bake Sale in front of Ace Hardware located in the Milford Plaza at 633 N. Dupont Blvd. Saturday, April 15 from 9 a.m. until noon.
“Walkers for Life” will also host a paint night fundraiser Tuesday, April 18 from 3-5 p.m. at A’Latte Soul at 1053 N. Walnut St. in Milford Tickets should be purchased in advance at A’Latte Soul for $30 each. Business hours are Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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