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SUSD Recognized as Regional Winner for Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Team Award by the American Cancer Society

Saugus Union School District (SUSD) is honored to announce that its district team, SUSD: Let’s Teach Cancer a Lesson, was selected as the regional winner for the Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Team Award for 2023. The region that SUSD forms a part of represents California, Guam, and Hawaii. The team will now participate in the recognition process for the nation and be honored with award winners from the six other regions. The Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Awards are intended to honor and recognize a community/individual that embodies the same spirit of relay that the “Mother of Relay” – Pat Flynn – inspired in relay participants around the world.

SUSD was nominated by the Santa Clarita Valley Relay for Life leaders as a first-time team because of their enthusiasm, inclusivity, and fundraising ability. Abby Smith of the SCV Relay for Life staff nominated the SUSD team stating, “You all really made the most phenomenal impact on this event both in fundraising and energy the day of the event.”

SUSD: Let’s Teach Cancer a Lesson team was led by Team Captains Barbara Tapia, Assistant Director of Human Resources & Risk Management (retired), and Katie Demsher, Principal of Emblem Academy. Together the Captains inspired many others from across the district to participate in the relay event, to donate items for the gift basket raffles, to gather donations from friends and family, and so much more to support this amazing cause. This gift was born out of caring for members of the organization who were suffering the pain and loss that cancer brings to families, but that gift actually was the ability for our team to come together and support each other through our individual pain, loss, fight, and survivorship. The SUSD team raised $23,219.40 and was the top fundraiser for the entire SCV Relay for Life event in 2023. The Team Captains and the District Leadership deeply appreciate the dedication and generosity of everyone associated with this event. Thank you to everyone who participated in and supported this event. It was a true joy to participate, and we cannot wait to have our team Teach Cancer Another Lesson in 2024.

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