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Staff from UW Health Stoughton and McFarland Clinics; UW Health's Stoughton and McFarland clinics walk to raise money for Relay for LifeMADISON – Staff of UW Health's Stoughton and McFarland clinics strapped on their walking shoes for a good cause. Together they participated in Relay for Life, to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Teams gathered June 20 in Stoughton's Mandt Park to participate in the 15-hour walking event to celebrate cancer survivorship and raise money for life-saving research and programs. Relay for Life is one way people can come together as a community to help eliminate cancer.

"It was a great bonding experience and for a cause that is near to many of our hearts," said Joseph Alexander, UW Health Stoughton clinic manager. "And we had such a good time teaming up with our colleagues from [UW Health] McFarland."

Teams raise money through their participation. The Stoughton Clinic raised $2,157.41.

"Everyone in the clinic had a hand in raising the money," said Alexander, "whether they walked, or contributed items to our rummage sale. And Cathy Royer, an RN at the clinic and our team captain, was really integral to our success."

UW Health Stoughton has participated for seven years in Relay for Life and over that time has raised $12,829. Alexander commented that they hope UW Health Oregon will join them next year as well. "Even though we're relatively close geographically, we don't have much opportunity to see or collaborate with our colleagues in the other clinics. This event is such a nice way to do that."

During the event, teams pitch campsites where members can rest and socialize. The UW Health Stoughton/McFarland team's campsite won "Best Themed" for their use of spotlights, strobe lights and cameras in recognition of the event's theme of "Lights, Camera, Cure." They also took the opportunity to raise additional funds by providing costumes for kids to get their pictures taken.

Relay for Life began in 1986 in Tacoma, Washington with just 19 teams. Since then, it's grown into an international event held in more than 600 communities in 19 countries outside of the U.S. Additional Relays are planned throughout Wisconsin in July and August. Learn more at
Pictured above: Team members from the UW Health Stoughton and McFarland Clinics.

Date Published: 06/27/2008

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