Connexus has been the Sole Presenting Sponsor of the Relay For Life in Wausau, Wis., for 13 consecutive years. In those 13 years, we’ve had some incredible memories, but the Relay in 2019 was one to remember.
A Memorable Relay Night
Why was it so memorable? First off, we set a new Connexus fundraising record by donating $83,762.36 to benefit the American Cancer Society! That surpassed our 2018 total of $55,000 and our 2019 goal of $70,000.
But that wasn’t all. In the middle of the event, while the participants were walking and enjoying the live music, the weather took a turn for the worst. What started out as a hot, sunny day quickly turned into dark clouds, pouring rain, and a tornado warning.
After spending nearly an hour taking shelter in a nearby parking garage, we were forced to hold the luminaria ceremony indoors.
Though the event didn’t go to plan, it showed the true spirit of those who attend and participate in the Relay each year.
“The weather wasn’t going to stop us,” Connexus employee Craig Stancher said. “I think it showed a lot of perseverance for the organizers of the Relay to find a way to keep it going. Inside or outside, we were there to fight against cancer, and that’s what we did.”