EnergyUSA Propane Employees Join Fight Against Cancer

Nearly 400 participants ran or walked continuously for 24 hours at the weekend at an event to remember those who have died from cancer and to raise money for cancer research. (image: tauntongazette.mycapture.com)

One of the country’s biggest propane suppliers downed tools at the weekend and ran through the night to raise money for cancer research.

EnergyUSA Propane has partnered up with the American Cancer Society to participate in a major cancer fundraising event. As part of its local community involvement program, EnergyUSA Propane became a corporate sponsor of the 2011 American Cancer Society’s Greater Taunton Relay For Life.

The month-long effort was capped by a 24-hour Relay at Hopewell Park on Friday and Saturday. More than 323 participants and 31 relay teams took part from a variety of local companies. Participants ran and walked continuously throughout the night in support of those touched by cancer. They wore t-shirts that read: “Celebrate. Remember. Fight back.”  Sixteen corporate and Taunton Division EnergyUSA Propane employees participated.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

The weekend’s event kicked off at 5pm on Friday, finishing 9am Saturday and raising more than $32,000. It featured a luminaria ceremony at 9pm to honor survivors and their loved ones.

The Relay is one of 90 such events planned in Massachusetts, which are expected to raise $11 million across the state. There are more than 5000 For Life events across the country each year, generating nearly $400 million.