By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item
MILTON — Starting next month, Pat Grell will be busy.
The Milton Relay for Life publicity chairwoman and coordinator of the six-county Drive Out Cancer fundraiser will be driving a 2002 Ford Mustang, donated by Selinsgrove Ford for the fundraiser, to events each weekend while getting ready for Milton’s Relay event in June.
“There’s a couple of weekends where I have two or three events that I’m going to,” she said. “But it’s going to be kind of fun a chance to display it.”
This Saturday, the Mustang — which will be raffled off in September — will be at the Susquehanna Valley Mall’s Relay Day, where teams from around the area will be selling goods to raise money for the American Cancer Society, Grell said.
The fundraiser is a combined effort between Relay groups in Northumberland, Snyder Union, Montour, Columbia and Lycoming counties, Grell said.
“This is something that we work on collectively,” she said. “We also get together periodically about how best to support our cancer survivors and their caregivers and how better to educate local people on what they can do.”
The Milton Relay for Life is also preparing for the Bark for Life in April, where pet owners come together to celebrate their pets and fight cancer, Grell said.
“A lot of people have such a close connection with their pets,” she said. “It’s a chance for people to bring their dogs out and do a Relay. You go for a walk, there’s food, there’s vendors, everyone generally has a good time.”
All the proceeds from each of the events and the raffle, which ends in September, go to the American Cancer Society, Grell said.
“The bulk of the funds go to research,” she said. “Some is also used for patient services, like the Road to Recovery ... and the Look Good, Feel Better campaign.”