Laurel, MD – Tower Federal Credit Union employees and members of the credit union raised over $10,000 to fight against cancer in the annual Relay for Life of Laurel.
The American Cancer Society-sponsored event, which drew several hundred participants, began on Saturday, June 11, at 5 pm at McCullough Field and lasted until 5 am the following day, with someone from the group always having to be on the course. The structure was meant to represent that cancer never sleeps. “We do it in the hope that one day there will be a cure,” said Nikki Blankenship who participated with three other members of Tower’s real estate lending department, Amy Karpman, Jean Hemmil and Cheryl Osbourne. About 25 Tower members were also part of the group.
The event and the involvement of Tower and its employees “demonstrates the corporation’s commitment to the community and shows its employees care about where they live, work and play,” said Nick Farano, community manager with the American Cancer Society.
Tower’s group of about 30 was among the largest that participated, Farano said. Many Tower representatives were often on the track and as a result, the group’s effort raised $10,652.57, including a $750 contribution from Tower, along with donations from area merchants and residents. Over the last 10 years, Tower has contributed $16,350 to the Relay for Life.