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Calendar benefitting ACS features Relay "mermen"

$20 each or two for $30

A new calendar aimed at raising funds to help the American Cancer Society fight cancer has some of the country’s most dedicated do-gooders trading their slacks for fins! 

“The Mermen of Relay Tell Their Tales… in Tails” is a full-color wall calendar – available just in time for the holidays – that features photographs of 12 ACS leadership volunteers dressed head-to-tail as mermen and posing at unique locations across the country. Each photo’s setting represents that merman’s hometown; backdrops include a canyon in Utah, a beach in Southern California, and a bayou in Louisiana. 

Each merman provides a testimonial that accompanies their photo, explaining why they volunteer with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Some are cancer survivors, others are caregivers, and they all want to tip the scales in the fight to end cancer.

Calendars can be purchased at

This fundraiser was spearheaded by Brooklyn, NY-based Relay For Life leadership volunteer Joe Gillette.

Here is a list of the volunteers featured in the calendar:

JANUARY: Jason Jeffries, Relay For Life of Gwinnett County, GA (Southeast Region)

FEBRUARY:  Kevin Bray, Relay For Life of Texas Gulf Coast, TX (South Region)

MARCH: Nathan Farnor, Relay USA from UNICOI, TN (North Central Region)

APRIL: Tristen Caudle, Relay For Life of North Kansas City, Kansas City MO (North Region)

MAY:  Ed Smith, Relay For Life of Terrebonne Parish, Houma, LA (South Region)

JUNE: Joe Gillette, Relay For Life of MCU Park, Brooklyn, NY (Northeast Region)

JULY: Matthew Burgess, Relay For Life of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (North Central Region)

AUGUST: Sid Groutage, Relay For Life of Salt Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah (North Region)

SEPTEMBER: Mike Jones, Relay For Life of Ulster County, Hudson River, NY (Northeast Region)

OCTOBER: Steve Bell, Relay for Life of South Orange County, CA (West Region)

NOVEMBER: Jeff Ross  Relay for Life Hall Of Fame,  Shelby, NC (Southeast Region)

DECEMBER: Mark Flynn  Relay for Life Tacoma,  WA (West Region)

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