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Relay for Life of Mill Creek near $50,000 goal

The first annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Mill Creek raised $49,796
photo by Andrew Kim

The first annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Mill Creek raised $49,796 to support the Society’s mission of saving lives from cancer, leaving hundreds of volunteers exhausted, but happy, after walking throughout the overnight event at McCollum Park June 2 and 3. According to Event Chair, Mike Todd, donations are still being accepted.

Team Development Chair, Karl Slomchinski, said, “After we put away the stage, the tents, my Farmers trailer, the chicken soup, and all the other things it takes to put on a relay, I returned the trailer to Farmers on Mercer Island. I then returned home and went to sleep at 2:30 P.M. Sunday afternoon. I woke up at 9:00 P.M. Sunday night and was quickly reminded why we relay!!!” My body was telling me not to move, but my bladder had another idea.”

“It reminded me of how my father felt while he was having radiation therapy. No sleep, sore from head to toe, not enough energy to use the restroom or get something to eat.”

“It only lasted one day for me, he suffered for months if not years. Did the music keep you awake all night? Were you drained of energy the next morning?”

“The reason I relay is to remind me of how bad cancer can be, and why we need a cure.”

“Through their hard work in preparing for the event, and by spending hours walking for the cause, greater Mill Creek residents certainly did their part to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays," said Mike Todd, volunteer chair for the 2012 Relay For Life of Mill Creek.

“As a new event, our goal was to raise $50,000,” said Todd. “When the final few pledges come in, we should hit that goal.  We had some great efforts by many teams and individuals, and I thank them for their dedication to making the event a success.” 

The top fundraising teams were Merrill Gardens with $6,624 raised, followed by Papa Murphy’s at $4,669. 

Donations made through August 31 at will count towards the Mill Creek event goal, so please donate today.

Twenty-six teams, comprised of area families, faith-based groups, businesses, clubs and other organizations, participated in this year’s Relay event.  Hundreds of others came by to participate in the event, which included recognition for cancer survivors, entertainment by local bands and performance groups, and a variety of on-site activities. 

“Hundreds of people in our community alone will face a cancer diagnosis this year,” said Todd. “It’s important that we come together during Relay to help the American Cancer Society achieve its mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back."

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Mill Creek was made possible by the generous support of local sponsors that include:

  • Providence Regional Cancer Partnership
  • Western Washington Medical Group
  • Morgan Sound
  • KXA Radio
  • Swedish Cancer Institute
  • Roy Robinson
  • Mill Creek View
  • Merrill Gardens
  • Run 26
  • Journal Newspaper
  • Waste Management
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Walmart
  • Service Master of Lynnwood
  • Fred Meyer
  • Kafe Neo
  • Z-Ultimate Defense Studios.

To learn more about Relay For Life, visit or call 800-227-2345.