June 26, 2015

On Saturday, June 14th, the Mainspring team participated in the 1st annual Relay For Life event at the Bellevue High School track, which is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.

The festive day began at 10:00 am with a dedication ceremony acknowledging sponsors and participants, followed by a woman’s touching, personal experience with breast cancer. Her strength and determination to persevere was inspiring to all! The beginning ceremonies concluded by recognizing all survivors and having them kick-off the event by walking the first lap of the track together while carrying the American Cancer Society flag. While the survivors walked, the remaining participants formed a human tunnel on the home side of the track for the survivors to cross through, while being cheered and congratulated. It was a moving and powerful act of recognition.

The buoyant vibe continued throughout the day with upbeat music, acknowledgements, and lots and lots of laps walked! Mainspring provided lanyards and purple beads to help track the amount of miles walked, which proved to be an event highlight. Amusing events were planned on the half hour in the center field of the track to engage young children and high school students. We are also grateful to our clients who made time in their day to come out, show their support, and share a few laps with us.

The fundraising kicked into high gear with the announcement of the “Pie In Your Face Challenge”, which is a spinoff of the “Ice Bucket Challenge”. Our own Kevin Skogen stepped up to the challenge and agreed to take a whipped cream pie to the face, all in the name of cancer research.

It finished up with an emotional but wonderful “Luminaria Ceremony.” At dusk, there were hundreds of white, paper “lanterns” lining the track that were decorated with personal messages that the attendees wrote and dedicated to their loved ones who had battled with cancer. These “lanterns” were lit as the crowd walked the track, reading the messages, and thinking of their loves ones. There were beautiful songs being performed by a local artist who had been touched by cancer. It was a truly amazing moment and fitting end to a great day.

After it was all said and done, over $27,000 was raised to help spread awareness and fund cancer research and development. It was great to be on the ground floor of this annual event at Bellevue High School, and we look forward to engaging more of the community to participate with us next year. Don’t be surprised if we “knock on your door” and ask you to participate with us – just know you’ll have a fun day in the sun, get a little exercise, and hang-out with a great group of people, all while honoring those who have battled cancer and spreading hope to those currently going through it. It doesn’t get any better!

Kristen LomaxDirector of Client ExperienceRaymond James is not associated with Relay For Life.