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Team raises money for Ogdensburg Relay for Life with car wash, bake sale


OGDENSBURG — Tied-down balloons blew in the breeze Saturday at Moose Lodge, 609 Pickering St., their purple color signifying a battle many in the city, county, country and world know all too well.

“My son-in-law, we just found out that he has cancer,” said Amy A. Planty, Morristown.

Ms. Planty is a member and organizer for an Ogdensburg Relay for Life team called “Howie and Ducky’s Angels.”

Howard “Howie” Chambers was the father-in-law of Robin E. Chambers and husband of Lareatta “Rita” Chambers, both members of the Relay team.

Lareatta Chambers, Potsdam, lost her husband, Howard, and her son Steven M., Chase Mills, to cancer just 18 months apart.

Ceylon “Ducky” Planty is Ms. Planty’s brother, who also died of cancer.

“We’ve all been affected one way or another,” she said.

The 21-member team held its first major fundraiser Saturday with a rummage sale, baked goods, car wash and purple balloons, with every dollar raised going to the Ogdensburg Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

“It gives hope,” said team member Debra L. Kench, Ogdensburg.

Robin Chambers said the team has had a few new members join this year, and she suspects that’s because “more and more people are being affected by cancer.”

She said the team is planning to hold a Zumba fundraiser as well. The team hopes to raise $1,300 by the Relay for Life event next month.

“It’s like one big family at the track,” Ms. Planty said.

The track behind Ogdensburg Free Academy will be lit from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. June 20 to 21 with luminary bags, honoring loved ones who have battled cancer. Teams also will bring homemade items or food to sell during the relay to raise money for cancer.

Robin Chambers said about 26 teams are registered for the relay so far.

“Every day we hear of somebody being affected by cancer in this community, so it’s our way of knowing that we’re all here for the support, the help and for each other,” she said.

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