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Relay for Life finds its 'Lucky Charm'


Team finds help from across the world



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Cindy Buckel, of Brimfield, is combing raising money for the Relay For Life and honoring a member of her Relay team who is serving in Iraq. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
March 28, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Cindy Buckel is finding a way to bring the Relay For Life all the way to Iraq.

Ethan Plue, of Brimfield, is part of the Army's 804th Medical Brigade and has raised money for the Relay For Life the past few years.

This year, Buckel and her teammates are raising money for the Relay by selling yellow ribbons for people to tie around oak trees to show their support for our troops.

"Last year, Ethan marched in uniform for the Salute to the Troops lap," said Buckel, of Brimfield. "This year, he is stationed in Iraq. He feels very badly about missing this year's Relay. In our way to thank and celebrate what he is doing, we're secretly registering him for our team and the money we raise from the ribbons goes toward his fundraising goal."

Each participant of the Relay is asked to raise at least $100, but no one is turned away if they are unable to raise the money. This year's Relay starts on Friday, June 17 and goes into Saturday, June 18, and takes place at McMahon Field at Southbridge High School. The money raised goes toward cancer research.

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

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