WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen recently recognized the success of Wilmington’s Relay For Life.
Founder and lead organizer Joe Martinello, along with AnneMarie Tanzella of the American Cancer Society, were on hand at the Selectmen’s March 12 meeting, for a brief presentation.
“This town has embraced [Relay for Life]. We’re here tonight to recognize Wilmington for all it’s done for the American Cancer Society,” announced Martinello.
“We just wanted to tell you how thrilled we are,” Tanzella told the Selectmen. “This milestone is not met by many Relays, so we’re really excited to share this occasion with you.”
“Wilmington Relay actually hit the $1 million mark right before the event last June,” continued Tanzella. “We were able to do a small presentation at the event and thank Joe for his hard work. Joe’s been at the helm for these many years. Without Joe, I’m not sure it would have been as successfully, frankly.”
“Over the past 10 years, thousands and thousands of people in this Wilmington community have been touched by Relay. Thousands have participated,” said Martinello. “I want to thank those who continue to make it a success. It’s not one person… It’s an entire community… It’s in the fabric of this town.”
“I feels awkward for you to be thanking the town,” said Selectman Mike Champoux. “Frankly, the town owes you a debt of gratitude for bringing this to our attention years ago and for all the great work American Cancer Society does through the Relay for Life for folks who need it.”
“Thank you for everything that you do on behalf of the town of Wilmington. It’s certainly not easy to be an undertaking like this together,” added Selectman Kevin Caira.
“Thank you for everything you do. This is a great community event. I look forward to June 15. I’m still drying out for last year’s event,” joked Selectman Greg Bendel.
“I wish you all this best on this great, fantastic milestone,” said Selectman Mike McCoy. “I’m sure cancer has touched everyone in this room… I lost my mother to cancer at age 42. This really means a lot to the town.”
“Thank you, your staff, and your group,” echoed Selectman Ed Loud. ” I know you don’t do this for just one night, the planning is all year-round. It’s a testament to you and the American Cancer Society for doing such a great job.”
At the end of the presentation, the town then received a plaque from the American Cancer Society for its 10 years of support and a group photo was taken.
“We’re coming back for our tenth year on June 15,” said Martinello. “And it’s expanded beyond Wilmington. We’re now Wilmington, Billerica and Tewksbury, but it’s Wilmington’s 10th year of celebrating Relay For Life.”
Learn more about the Wilmington-Billerica-Tewksbury Relay For Life HERE.