When PPL’s Amy Bellizia began planning for the Relay For Life Triboro last October, her goal was to raise $1,000 to support the American Cancer Society event on June 23.

Turns out she was way off her goal: Team members raised $3,283 for the fundraising event.

“We are very proud of everyone who participated,” said Bellizia, a steno/clerk general in Legal Support Services. “It was a great job for our first year being involved with this fantastic organization.”

Team members included Chasity Hartzell, Arden Leyden and her husband and son, Pat Moore, Arundhati (Tinku) Khanwalkar, Kim Galligani, Valerie Saveri and retirees Paul Russell, Deb Thiel and Jack Keiser and wife, Nora.

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. Each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps.

(Employees from other regions also support Relay For Life events in their areas. You may remember reading about Montoursville’s Melinda Benway, who leads a relay team in honor of her late husband, and Hazleton’s Pam Yale, who’s a member of a longstanding relay team there.)

The 18-hour walk began at 4 p.m. at Whitehall High School. Due to inclement weather, the walk was shortened to seven hours and taken indoors.

Bellizia says she’s already looking forward to taking part next year.

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