Looking Glass Animal Rescue is participating in Katonah-Lewisboro’s Relay For Life event for Co-Founder Jody Harris-Stern’s 10 year old son Bennett who was diagnosed with stage 3 Nodular Lymphocyte-Predomanant Hodgkin Lymphoma in March. Their team is a designated #GoldTogether Team, which means that 100% of the fundraising is designated to childhood cancer research and services.
Daniela Raciti, Director of Marketing and Operations, created the Relay For Life team - aptly named “Bennett's Rescuers” - after meeting the Katonah-Lewisboro chapter’s volunteer Marisa at Serene Escape Spa in Ridgefield, CT last month. Both Marisa and Daniela were hosting events for cancer in the Spa on the same day; After Marisa’s Zumba event for the American Cancer Society, Daniela held a card making workshop for families to create cards to send to Bennett. Word about the cards spread fast and over 100 of them from multiple states were forwarded to Bennett, who is currently undergoing chemo. Immensely inspired and literally in tears from the outpouring of love, Daniela created the Relay For Life team with guidance from Marisa and asked if she, Jody, and her husband, Jarrett, could all make speeches.
“Our pack is fundraising and walking this year to show love and support for 10 year old Bennett who began an aggressive, and unforgiving, form of chemotherapy on April 30th. We don't want Bennett thinking he has to go through this fight alone - he has a large family behind him who are praying for him and thinking of him,” said Daniela, who is Team Captain of “Bennett’s Rescuers”.
When Jody learned of the Relay For Life team made in honor of her son, she took to Facebook to express her thoughts: “The amount of love and support has been overwhelming. I am in awe of how many people are behind Team Bennett and beyond appreciative. Thank you from all of us in the Stern house. You all make this difficult time a little easier.”
The Katonah-Lewisboro Relay For Life event will take place on Friday, June 14th from 5pm to 12am at John Jay High School in Cross River, NY. It is a family oriented evening of music, activities, food, entertainment, and fun that is open to all, whether you’ve been touched by cancer or are facing a cancer diagnosis. Nobody should feel alone.
for purchase and all proceeds will be donated to team “Bennett’s Rescuers”. Follow ongoing updates on Bennett via the Facebook event, “Relay for Life | Bennett's Rescuers”.
In addition to walking in, and speaking at, the Relay For Life event, Looking Glass Animal Rescue will have a table along the track where you can meet their volunteers and inquire about fostering, adopting, and volunteering. There will also be raffles, silent auction items, a 50/50, and LGAR swag available for purchase. A portion of the donations raised will be donated to Relay For Life team “Bennett’s Rescuers”.
About Looking Glass Animal Rescue
Looking Glass Animal Rescue is a virtual, award-winning, volunteer-based 501c3 nonprofit animal welfare organization based in Ridgefield, CT working towards the day when no companion animal is euthanized for lack of a home. LGAR is an Animal Care Centers of NYC ‘New Hope’ Partner , Best Friends Animal Society ‘No More Homeless Pets’ Network Partner, Guidestar Exchange Platinum Participant, ShelterAnimalsCount.org Participant, and recipient of the 2017 Best of Ridgefield Award in the Non-Profit Organization category by the Ridgefield Award Program. 100% of all donations received go to the care of their rescue animals throughout the Northeast.