Relay for Life team offers sweet fundraiser, Mt. Pleasant race night
Members of the Relay for Life team Cameron's Angels are busy making homemade candy Easter eggs.
For the past several years, the Porterfield family and their friends have been making the eggs as a fundraising project for the relay team.
“We sell more every year,” Stacy Porterfield said. “Every year, we get a lot of orders from the same people, but we also get new people, too, which is great.”
The family formed the team for son, Cameron, 13, who was diagnosed with Wilms' Tumor or Nephroblastomo, a cancer that generally affects children.
Although Cameron is required to go to regular doctor visits for checkups, he has been cancer-free for 11 years.
“Last year was our big year because it marked 10 years that Cameron was in remission,” Porterfield said. “We also took first place in the relay as a team. We raised over $12,200 which we really wanted to do because of Cameron's anniversary.”
The team began making the chocolate Easter eggs three years ago. Porterfield hopes that the fourth year of the fundraiser will be even higher.
“We made over $4,200 last year, and we will be happy to do that again if not more,” Porterfield said. “We enjoy doing it, and the people who buy them usually end up coming back for more.”
The homemade eggs, which are approximately four ounces, will be offered in caramel, coconut and peanut butter.
New this year will be chocolate-covered pretzels.
“Everyone loves pretzels,” Porterfield said. She said they tried a few for some friends last year that were a hit. “We were really just fooling around with them because we wanted to try something different and found out how good they were.”
The pretzel rods will be offered in chocolate, chocolate and caramel and chocolate- and peanut butter-covered. They will come two in a pack.
In addition to the eggs and pretzels, the team will be hosting a Night at the Races. This will be the second year for the event.
“We were really surprised how good the first one did so we are doing it again this year,” Porterfield said. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. April 26 at the Kosciusko Club in Mt. Pleasant. The races will begin at 7 p.m. Cost is $10.
“We do things all year,” said Cameron's father, Scott Porterfield. The Porterfields support other relay teams as well. “We try to go to other events that the other people have. We do that when we can,” he said.
Meeting on a monthly basis, the team members plan throughout the year for the July event. They work on various fundraisers and ideas that are sponsored during the relay — like the “jail” they had last year that proved to be a big success.
“We'd like to do the jail again this year so we are trying to find ways for it to go with this year's theme which is Racing for a Cure.” Stacy Porterfield said.
The team members have been busy with the eggs and will continue to take orders through April 6.
In addition to egg orders, the team is looking for donations of peanut butter.
Eggs will cost $2.25.
Pretzels will cost $1 for chocolate, $1.25 for chocolate and peanut butter and $1.50 for chocolate and caramel.
For orders, peanut butter donations or information on the Night at the Races call 724-547-6317 or 724-640-2836.
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.