Cancer benefit at BJ’s on the Water, Sunday

(April 17, 2015) BJ’s on the Water’s annual Relay for Life cancer benefit will take place Sunday with music, food and drinks.

“Everyone come out and celebrate life,” BJ’s owner Madlyn Carder said. “We all know someone who has cancer whether it be your mother, a friend or brother. It’s a fun day to celebrate your best friend who beat cancer or immortalize someone in your memory.”

The party starts at 2 p.m. at the 75th Street restaurant with entertainment provided by Teenage Rust and the Fabulous Rustettes. Winners of a $10,000 50/50 raffle and a $20 Electra Bike raffle will be named at 6 p.m.

There will be food and drink specials offered and proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

The event is in memory of Donna Clarke of Ocean Pines, who died in a car accident this past November. She would typically be in attendance supporting the Carders with her husband, Marty, Madlyn said.

“Our history with the Clarkes go back for years,” Carder said. “One of their daughters worked for BJ’s and married a kitchen manager. Donna had cancer and beat it.”

Everything changed on Nov. 6 when a rainy day turned into a tragedy.

“She always helped with cancer events and a lot of lives were touched when she died,” Carder added. “She was a wonderful wife and friend.”

The Electra Bike being raffled off on Sunday was a gift to Donna from her husband and after her death he decided to donate the bike in her memory to the Carders Relay for Life campaign.

“She was so instrumental at always being at Relay for our team and was well loved by everyone who knew her,” Carder said.

Relay for Life is very important to Madlyn and Billy Carder for personal reasons. Billy was diagnosed with cancer in 2000 and fought a second round of the disease in 2012.

“Relay for Life is important to us because the money raised is used for research and if people didn’t do research, I know Billy would have never made it through the second bout…,” Carder said.

The Carders have maintained a campsite at Relay for Life every year since Billy was diagnosed.

The 2015 North Worcester County Relay for Life will take place on Friday, May 8, at Frontier Town Campground, located off Route 611 in West Ocean City.

“If you never witnessed a relay, it’s a very emotional night for all participants,” Carder said.

Relay for Life is an annual all-night walk and gathering that brings together people from all walks of life to celebrate survivorship, remember loved ones who lost their battle with cancer and show support to those currently fighting the disease.  

Approximately four million people participate annually in Relay for Life in more than 5,200 communities throughout the United States, in addition to more than 20 participating countries.

For more information about Sunday’s event, call BJ’s on the Water at 410-524-7575. To learn more about Relay of Life, visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY15SA?pg=entry&fr_id=64502 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NorthWorcesterRelay.

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