Nearly a dozen employees at the Global Distribution Center (GDC) in Houston, Pennsylvania, set forth to raise funds throughout the year to support the American Cancer Society. The team capped off their fundraising year with the participation in Relay for Life event. The team’s name was M.I.N.I.N.G which is an acronym for “MIssion’s Not Impossible - Never Give up”.

For many team members, their motivation was inspired by personal experiences. “My mom passed away from cervical cancer,” shared Russ Baird, Sr. Analyst, IT. “The walk actually took place on her birthday, so I thought I'd honor her by participating.”

Kelly Smith, Manager of Collections and Process Improvement, said “Cancer has affected many employees and their family members. My mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor and my grandmother lost her battle with cancer. I relay to help ensure that cancer becomes a word…not a sentence!”

Winning the “Rookie of the Year” award, Team M.I.N.I.N.G. raised $5,000, using only team member-supported fundraising events to raise money. Team M.I.N.I.N.G. also won the Laps Challenge with 217 laps recorded between midnight and 8:00 am. Team members participating in the Laps Challenge were Chad Burkholder, Devlin Ciarrochi, Dave Ledbetter and Kelly Smith. Together the overall team included Russ Baird, Chad Burkholder, Devlin Ciarrochi, Chelsea Johnson, Dave Ledbetter, Joe Mattingly, Kelley Russell, Kelly Smith, Janet Houston, Vicky Smith, and Joanne Uphold.

The money raised through Relay for Life events helps further promote the American Cancer Society’s mission: to save lives and celebrate life. Every day donations are used to fund life-saving cancer research, patient support programs, prevention information and education, and detection and treatment programs.

Congratulations to Team M.I.N.I.N.G, who has already signed up for the 2018 campaign!