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Dragons Pride participates in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Diane Beauchamp, Sue Smith & Rose Douglass. Walkers and Survivors
Diane Beauchamp, Sue Smith & Rose Douglass. Walkers and Survivors

In 1985 Dr. Gordy Klatt in Tacoma, Washington, walked and ran for hours in a day to raise money for the American Cancer Society. This one mans’ passion has transformed into a global phenomenon with participants from all corners of the globe. Each year more than 3.5 million people participate; raise the much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from this ravaging disease

North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts (NFMAA) is no different. This is the fourth Relay for Life that NFMAA has participated in and they look forward to breaking records this year and need your support. The relay starts on Friday, May 14 at 6:00 PM and will last until Saturday, May 15 at 12:00 PM.  This year the relay will be held at the J. Colin English Elementary School.

According to Maiya Christensen of NFMAA, “The National Jr. Honor Society students at NFMAA are very involved. Sponsors/teachers Margaret Bregenzer and Patricia Wiegman are assisting students in activities. We raise money through Bake Sales once a month for the staff and individual donations. Students raise money selling different colored beads to students. The different colors symbolize the different types of cancer...”

The teams name is Dragons’ Pride, Art the dragon is the school mascot and this year’s relay theme is a “Beach Party” celebrating birthdays, Christensen asked that anyone interested should contact the team’s chairperson Melodie Truman for detailed information. Please contact her via e-mail at

“Surfin up a cure” is the teams’ logo and so come dressed for the occasion, wear very comfortable shoes and donate whatever you can.

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