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Relay For Life kicks off | South Philly Review

The area’s fourth quest to conquer cancer kicked off with a rally in FDR Park.

By Joseph Myers
Posted Jan. 20, 2011

Relayers from last year’s event roamed Northern Liberties, helping to raise more than $51,000 for cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services, such as the construction of Hope Lodges.

Photo by American Cancer Society

While many complain about having to battle winter’s wretched weather, Martha Bormann and George Madosky have not uttered a peep of frustration in fighting a much more injurious foe, cancer.

Instead, Bormann, of Lower Moyamensing, and Madosky, of Cherry Hill, N.J., have used their passion for life and hatred of cancer to promote the Relay For Life of South Philadelphia. They fraternized with nearly 40 equally committed crusaders at the Jan. 13 Relay Rally — the countdown commencer to June’s 12-hour fundraising event — at the FDR Golf Club, 1954 Pattison Ave.

The two-hour gathering featured staff from the American Cancer Society and family members of cancer survivors and victims. Uniting to plan their fourth assault on cancer’s numerous forms 10 a.m. June 11, they discussed team formation and sponsorship acquisition while reinforcing the relentless scope of their mission. For Bormann and Madosky, the night continued their roles as survivors with enough resolve to fight for their past afflictions’ eradication.