Manta Ray Partners
Dear Manta Rays,

This is the first time I have written on behalf of my brother Adam Young (former Manta Ray).

Last year on May 14, I participated in my first Relay for Life at Sycamore High School, a 24 hour relay that raises money for the American Cancer Society through donations and pledges. I was very grateful for all of the donations made to my Ursuline Academy freshmen team. The Relay for Life was already meaningful to me because three of my grandparents have died of different forms of cancer. Unfortunately, the day before the Relay for Life it got even more meaningful. My brother Adam was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia on May 13, 2010, three days before he turned 17. It was really difficult for me to get through the event last year, but I knew I needed to do it and was fortunate to raise a lot of money for the American Cancer Society.

This year, I’ll be a Captain of my team – and Adam is the inspiration for my team! He is doing very well now thanks to daily oral chemotherapy. His form of leukemia is a chronic illness that he will have to manage and keep under control, but something that can be managed thanks to a wonder oral chemo drug called Gleevec. This has made me realize that donations to the American Cancer Society DO make a difference – Adam’s medicine was developed and then experimental for a number of years until it was FDA approved – and so I am hoping to make a real difference for cancer patients by raising a lot of money with my team this year so that hopefully others can be cured (or at least keep the illness under control like my brother is able to do) who have cancer. They are always working on medicines like Adam’s to help with other cancers, but they need money for the research. For example, $3000 raised will provide experimental funding for one person for one year for a medicine like Adam’s, until it’s FDA – and insurance - approved. That’s where you and I can really help.

Our event takes place on Friday, May 13, (yes a year to the day after Adam’s diagnosis) at Sycamore High School from 4 pm Friday to 10 am the next morning. This long event simulates in a small way the long battle that cancer patients have to go through. Our team will take turns walking laps for the 18 hours without sleep. There is also an hour-long silent luminary ceremony for people who have died of cancer and also for survivors. It is an amazing event that helps to raise a lot of money for cancer treatment, something that almost everyone is affected by in some way in their life, whether it is a parent, a child, a sibling, a grandparent, or a friend, most everyone knows someone who has cancer, and this is just one way we can all help them.

I am hoping that you will make a donation on behalf of my team this year – any amount would be really appreciated. Our team is the Ursuline Academy Challengers – A close friend of mine and I are the captains as well as eight other of our sophomore friends from school.

If you would like to donate securely and safely on-line, would you please cut and paste this link below: (I tried an easier link but could not make it work so please paste this into your browser!). Thank you!!!!

If you would prefer to send in a donation by mail, please make it payable to American Cancer Society and mail it to Gabrielle Young, 7187 Wetherington Drive, West Chester OH 45069.

Thank you for your generosity!

Gabrielle Young

National Group

Manta Rays