Franklin Park Relay for Life fundraising revenue drops from 2013

An annual fundraiser in Franklin Park for the American Cancer Society saw a 41-percent drop in revenue this year.

Relay for Life, which took place on Friday at East Leyden High School, brought in $30,758. That’s a decrease from the $52,164 at the 2013 event.

“Our events in general have been a little lower this year,” said Robyn Martin, a Relay for Life specialist at the Chicago office of the American Cancer Society.  “We’re not quite sure why.”

The Relay for Life events are the biggest fundraisers held by the American Cancer Society, with events in numerous communities including nearby Elmwood Park and Norridge. Other events include Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Walk & Roll at Soldier Field and various marathons and triathlons.

Martin said its possible that participants might be shifting away from Relays and to other events.

“Which is nice, because it gives you more flexibility,” Martin said.

Kitty Greenwood, a Franklin Park resident and cancer survivor, has participated in the local Relay for Life since it started 12 years ago in Franklin Park and helped run several relays.

“It seems like (revenue) keeps going down,” Greenwood said. “I remember years ago we used to make $134,000 when I did relay.”

Greenwood said around 100 people took part last Friday.

“Its very low compared with what it used to be,” Greenwood said. “We’ve had 300 or 400 or 500 people.”

The employers of some participants have offered matching donations, which might increase the total over the next several weeks. Martin doesn’t think that will bring it near last year’s total.

“We’ll have a wrap up where we talk to everyone involved and see if people have ideas,” Martin said.

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