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Train Toy Box to Benefit UMass Cancer Walk & Run Winner Announced

August 29, 2019 - Community

Congratulations to our winner, Jim M!



Team UMassFive is excited to offer an exclusive raffle to members as part of our fundraising efforts for the UMass Cancer Walk & Run this year.

At nearly four feet long, this beautiful wooden train combines artistry and functionality. It features a hinged engine compartment that opens up to reveal a toy chest - the perfect storage space for all of your, or your children's favorite items!

You have until September 22 to purchase a raffle ticket.

Stop by your local UMassFive Branch to buy your raffle tickets, or enter using your Buzz Points!

Entering with Buzz Points is as easy as redeeming! Simply donate your Buzz Points to the UMass Cancer Walk & Run, and we'll automatically put your name in to win this one of a kind, hand-made, Train Toy Box.

  • 900 Buzz Points donates $10 to cancer research and earns you one raffle entry
  • 2,250 Buzz Points donates $25 to cancer research and earns you three raffle entries

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Here's the story behind the train:

Jay Houston has been putting his expert carpentry skills to use for some years now building train toy boxes. A labor of love, each meticulously crafted piece is made entirely of cherry and maple wood; and from planning to staining, takes him nearly three months to complete.

When his wife Donna was diagnosed with cancer in 2017, the couple became actively involved with the UMass Medical School Cancer Walk & Run. Returning last year—with Donna as a survivor—they connected with our CEO, Rich Kump, and Team UMassFive, while we were being honored as the top Business Fundraising Team. Wanting to do more to support cancer research, Jay generously offered to raffle off one of his toy boxes to UMassFive members.

We are proud to support Jay in conjunction with our fundraising efforts leading up to this year’s UMass Cancer Walk & Run.

To use your Buzz Points to enter the train toy box raffle, simply login to your Buzz Points account, then select "Rewards". and toggle to the "Charities" section.