By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Team Scream raises money for Relay

The event has a two-part aim — helping fund the fight against cancer and honoring cancer survivors. And Team Scream — the name reflects another Mid-Valley enterprise, Serendipity Ice Cream, as in “we all scream for ice cream” — has raised more than $10,000 by itself.

The team has 13 members. Ed Wanner, community employment manager, said another 60 or so have helped with fundraising.

They have solicited donations, staged garage sales, washed cars, sold donuts, collected pop cans and earned donations from Mazatlan and 3rd Street Pizza out of sales proceeds.

They have also lined up 83 people to sponsor laps around the Relay for Life track during the event at $20 a lap. “We hope to get as many people as possible on the track,” Wanner said.

Team members and their supporters held one last fundraising blitz June 14, filling the Staples parking lot with a combination hot dog sale, can drive, garage sale and car wash. “It was really a celebration,” said Wanner, who sported pink and purple hair in honor of the team’s success in surpassing its fundraising goal.

Ti Gahr, a Mid-Valley client working at Staples, came out during his breaks. He was pleased to see all the activity on behalf of the Relay for Life, which he hopes to participate in the Friday night and Saturday of June 21-22.

Gahr agreed that fighting cancer is an important cause.

Besides, he said, teasing Wanner, walking the track will do the staff a lot of good. “They need to lose some weight,” he said.

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