District Employees Fight Against Cancer

Wanda Fitzgerald and Iris Virella, two members of Jackson EMC’s Gwinnett County Relay for Life Team

Choosing Lighting the Way to Cure Cancer as their theme, the Gwinnett District’s employees joined the county’s 2012 American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life campaign and raised $5,000 for their annual contribution.

“Cancer seems to affect everyone, one way or another, and our Relay for Life team, along with the American Cancer Society, is working hard to raise money to help find a cure for this horrible disease,” says Team Captain and Customer Service Rep Wanda Fitzgerald.  “Charitable organizations couldn’t fulfill their missions without support from so many people, whether they’re running, working or contributing their time and talents.” 

When called upon, Fitzgerald was glad to lead the Jackson EMC Relay team this year.  “It made me realize what all goes into making the team a success.  I also enjoyed getting to know many employees that I don’t generally see or talk to on a regular basis.”  

The team raised money with fundraisers like casual dress days, Burgers & BBQ lunch, biscuit breakfast, yard sale, as well as sold t-shirts and held a watch raffle.  Fitzgerald thought the most rewarding part, aside of raising money for a cure, was the camaraderie and dedication of the employees who volunteered, including office personnel, lineman, supervisors and management.  Even spouses and family members participated with the fundraising events and the Relay night. 

“Though the economy has been challenging, the fundraisers have been successful and we were still able to help make a difference, so we’d say it’s been a successful year,” adds Fitzgerald.  “The credit goes to many, since the team consisted of Jackson EMC employees, family members and friends.”