On Friday, November 16th, the Marla Ceely Lamb Cancer Travel Fund hosted its 26th annual fundraiser at Faregrounds Restaurant. Established in 1992, this amazing fund was started in honor of Marla Ceely Lamb, a local wife and mother of two, who unfortunately lost her life to breast cancer at the age of 42. The fund provides crucial financial support to Nantucket residents battling cancer who have to travel off island in order to receive necessary chemotherapy or radiation treatments. In conjunction with the Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket Foundation, the fund was started by her immediate and extended family, who sought a way of helping other local residents just like Marla, while also keeping her indelible memory alive within the community. Through discounted tickets charitably provided by transportation authorities such as Cape Air, Island Air, Hy-Line Cruises, and the Steamship Authority, the fund ensures that local residents can retain access the indispensable medical care they need, even from across the sound.
This annual event has historically proven to be wildly successful, and this year was certainly no exception. The fundraiser and its organizers were grateful to accept and recognize an abundance of sponsorships from local contractors, plumbers, electricians, and landscapers, as well as a wide variety of donated products and services from local businesses. This year, the event was able to raise funds exceeding an incredible $35,000, all of which will be used to directly benefit those suffering from cancer within our own community. Taking place from six to nine, the night featured facets such as live music from Mr. Wendelken and company, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, a Chinese auction, and a live auction- all of which proudly featured products and services that had been generously donated by members of our local community. The event boasted crowds exceeding those of previous years, and the casual, lively atmosphere provided for an evening of community and fun for all in attendance.
To Marla’s daughter, Meredith Lamb, this event continues to be a remarkable representation of the community in which her mother was an adored fixture. On the event, she graciously says, “I’m just amazed by the community support that we receive every year and I am thankful for all the help and support that has been that has made this event so successful.” Year after year, it proves itself to be a true testament to the generosity and compassion of our local community.
These days, it is difficult to find someone who has not been affected by cancer. The Marla Ceely Lamb Cancer Travel Fund and the event itself remain a vivid representation of the values that trademark our unique island, including unrelenting beneficence and our unwavering dedication to supporting our neighbors.
By Jennifer Lamb