Ocean City Today

Sixteenth annual cancer benefit at BJ’s on the Water

By Kara Hallissey | Apr 20, 2017
Teenage Rust and the Fabulous Rustettes

(April 21, 2017) BJ’s on the Water’s 16th annual Relay for Life cancer benefit will take place on Sunday, featuring food and drink specials in addition to live music from Teenage Rust and the Fabulous Rustettes.

“It is a pretty cool day and everyone has a good time,” BJ’s owner Billy Carder said. “[It’s a fundraiser] for people who have beat the disease, those who have lost the battle and people still fighting.”

The party starts at 2 p.m. at the 75th Street restaurant with entertainment provided by Teenage Rust and the Fabulous Rustettes until 6 p.m.

There will be food and drink specials offered and proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Winners of a $10,000 50/50 raffle will be named at 5 p.m. and there will be smaller raffles taking place throughout the day.

This year, the event is in honor of Nancy Gruber and Sandy Troese, who are currently battling cancer and dear friends of the Carders.

Relay for Life is tremendously important to Carder and his wife, Madlyn, for personal reasons as well. Billy was diagnosed with cancer in 2000 and fought a second round of the disease in 2012. Recently, his annual report came back clear.

“As a cancer survivor, it makes me feel good to help in any way I can,” Carder said. “People look forward to it every year and it’s a big day. It is nice to see the electricity in the room and people getting involved in such a great cause.”

The 2017 North Worcester County Relay for Life will take place on Friday, May 12, at Frontier Town Campground, located off Route 611 in West Ocean City.

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.  

On Sunday, Relay for Life organizers will be on hand to sell luminaires, which can be purchased in honor of a survivor or in memory of a loved one who passed, which are then illuminated at dusk during the event next month.

“Cancer used to be the guy down the street or a friend’s coworker,” Carder said. “It is so prevalent and hits home. You have to be from Mars if cancer hasn’t touched you. This is a cause people love to participate in to help cure the disease.”

More than 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.

“It gives people a good feeling to contribute and do their small part,” Carder said. “There is free admission, a lot of food and drink specials and prizes.”

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 www.main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY16SA?pg=entry&fr_id=70905.

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