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Mekar a 'class act' in Relay fundraising

Family connections draw local seventh-grader to event

Twelve-year-old Kaytlyn Mekal is preparing to lead her Relay For Life team, “Class Act,” on June 17 and 18 at McMahon Field at Southbridge High School. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
February 13, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Kaytlyn Mekar is learning how to raise money and manage a team.

Impressive for a 12-year-old.

This will mark the first year that Mekar will manage a team for the Relay For Life.

The Relay For Life takes place June 17 and 18 at McMahon Field at Southbridge High School. Participants will raise money for the fight against cancer by pledging to walk around the McMahon field track overnight.

"My mom and the other teammates thought it would be a good idea for me to be team captain because of all the meetings I've gone to and how dedicated I am to it," said Mekar, who will turn 13 before the Relay. "The Relay always interested me and when I found out my aunt had cancer, I really wanted to get even more involved."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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