Credit Union Employees Raise More Than $12,000 in Support of Cancer Research
For the past three years, MSUFCU has participated as a team in the Relay For Life of East Lansing event. This year was no different, except that staff set out to exceed their previously amount raised in 2012 of $5,000 and raise $10,000 in support of cancer research.
The fundraising kicked-off this year with an all employee meeting that allowed employees to share their personal stories of how they have been affected by cancer. It was truly eye opening to hear how this disease has affected so many people’s families, and it really hit close to home for a lot of people. Inspired to raise funds for the fight against cancer, employees got creative when it came to fundraising and held a variety of activities such as raffles and a popcorn sale in reach of our $10,000 goal.
The 24-hour Relay For Life of East Lansing event took place on June 7 and 8, and we were overwhelmed to have more than 75 volunteers come out to support Team MSUFCU by walking around the track or volunteering at our tent!
“Everyone had a great time at the MSUFCU tent. We offered games, trinkets, and candy for walkers that stopped by our tent for a donation,” said Chelsea, MSUFCU employee.
With the funds raised at the event, in addition to staff fundraisers and individual donations, Team MSUFCU surpassed the $10,000 goal and raised $12,036 for cancer research. Our donation, combined with the other teams that attended the event, helped raised over $46,000 for the Relay For Life of East Lansing event.
Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “It was truly inspiring to see our staff come together for this great cause and support a local community event.”
Relay For Life is a signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society with more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries in participation. Each year, these events raise more than $400 million for cancer research and the donations go toward the investment of groundbreaking research in every type of cancer, and also providing free information and services to cancer patients and their caregivers.