Sierra Sandison, Miss Pocatello, formed a team in memory of her best friend for the Twin Falls' Relay for Life. Her friend, Mari Neiwirth, passed away April 2nd from Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma, which is a rare form of liver cancer.
In honor of what would have been Mari's, Sierra set the team fundraising goal at $2,200 for her 22nd birthday on April 5th. After planning and holding pre-event fundraisers, as well as the having the overwhelming support from friends and family, Team Mari not only reached their goal, but exceeded it by almost $1,000. By raising over $3,000 for the American Cancer Society, Team Mari received both the Rising Star Award and the Bronze Team Award.
Sierra said, "I can't believe what a huge success Team Mari turned out to be! It wouldn't have been possible without the help from the Neiwirth family, my parents, and everyone else who supported us. I had so much fun, and am I looking forward to doing it next year. I miss and love you Mari and I hope you are proud! We will never forget you."