The floor was packed with people of all ages and diversities, moving in unison under the direction of one man, Michael Dey.
Dey demonstrates his line-dancing expertise whether he is calling the steps for the line-dancers or dancing himself. It’s his passion for line-dancing and his commitment to a help others that attracted folks to the Cancun Cantina in Hanover that Sunday afternoon in late September for the 6th Annual Cancer Dancer to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
More than 6.000 Relay for Life teams in the U.S. run a variety of events to raise money. Every dollar raised by these teams goes to help fight cancer. Money to research the causes of cancer, new drug therapies and early detection education are a few of the areas impacted by the funds raised.
Dey, joined by his wife and partner, Annette Shadoan Dey, has been the driving force behind this Relay for Life fundraiser, since before the first Cancer Dancer was held in 2013.
“We began our volunteer work in 2000 when we went to a Relay Event and saw the way cancer affects not only the 4-year-old child, but the family who loves and supports him during his fight,” Dey said. “It is a long and hard journey, but one that we are increasingly seeing people survive.”
“Since Team All in the Family officially organized itself in 2008, we have raised just under $200,000. We hope to break that barrier either this year or early next year.”
Team All in the Family started with a core membership of six. The number of team members varies from year to year, sometimes with as many as 30 active participants.
Today, many of the family members are virtual team members who support the team when called upon. Annette Dey remains team captain.
“At this year’s event, our granddaughters, Kale Murray (14) and Alyssa (7) participated and raised $51 at the event,” Dey said.
Throughout the years, the term “family” has included many supporters who have joined to help raise money to fight cancer. Members of Cancun Cantina’s dance community donated raffle baskets and sold the raffle tickets as well.
“We especially thank all of those dancers and Cancer Warriors who have joined us throughout the years,” Dey said. “Without their support we could not do what we do. We do this so that all of us can be a difference-maker when it comes to the fight against cancer.
“We are not doctors or researchers, however we can fuel their efforts with our financial support. In short, anyone who helps us is considered a member of the family for life.”
Tea-time at Meade
The Fort Meade Retired Officers' Wives' Club will hold its next monthly meeting Oct. 2, 11 a.m. at Club Meade, 6606 Mapes Road. A Victorian Autumn Tea is the theme with tea and culinary delights to include mini scones, cranberry chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad and cucumber sandwiches, fruit and dessert.
Hats and/or gloves are optional. Tea is $20. Reservations are required. RSVP by calling Lorrie Short at 410-305-0232 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festival in the Grove
Wesley Grove United Methodist Church, 1320 Dorsey Road in Hanover, will host its Annual Fall Festival Oct. 7, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Live music with food to include barbecue chicken, pulled pork, hot dogs, sided, baked goods, produce, and children’s games will be available throughout the event.