- United Against Lung Cancer hosted its Sixth Annual Kites for a Cure
at Coopers Beach
in Southampton on Saturday, May, 26, 2012. The event which was attended by over a thousand people brought out several generations of families and even Southampton Village
Mayor Mark Epley
and wife MaryAnne stopped by to decorate a kite. Radio station 96.9 fm broadcasted live as people of all ages decorated their kites and then found the right perfect spot to let their kite soar in the breeze.
Uniting Against Lung Cancer
Gregg Rechler and Ellen Cea. (Photo: Nicole Barylski)
was founded in 2001 in memory of Southampton resident Joan Scarangello McNeive after losing her battle with lung cancer. After her passing a friend had a dream about Joan flying a kite and with lung cancer having such a low survival rate her friends wanted to create an event to remember Joan and bring awareness to the cause.
For Executive Director Linda Wegner who has been with Uniting Against Lung Cancer for 1 ½ years, it was her second Kites For A Cure. She believes Kites for a Cure is a very exciting and different charity event where you can celebrate the people you love who are fighting against lung cancer and those that you have lost. Uniting Against Lung Cancer choose Kites for a Cure because the event brings together families for a good cause. The event is perfect for any age whether you are young or old, anyone can fly a kite.
, whose company, Rechler Equity
Partners, was the presenting sponsor along with The Hampton Business District
at Gabreski, also has a personal connection to the event. Rechler who has been involved with Kites for a Cure since the beginning lost his father to lung cancer four years ago. Rechler said, "It is a rare benefit where the whole family gets to come and participate."
When all was said and done and the kites were back on the ground, this year Kite for a Cure raised $60,000. Very successul indeed!
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