Relay for Life Has Best Year Yet

By: Liza Park
By: Liza Park

Even in the very last hour of walking, dancing and other activities at the 18-hour Relay for Life fundraising event people's energy and spirits were still going strong.

Co-chairperson Heather Houston-Meeks said, "This year has just built on past years and been the best event ever. We've had 441 teams out here, which is substantially greater than last year. We've raised $375,000."

And that amount was from Friday night. Organizers say more money was still rolling in on Saturday, and all of it benefits the American Cancer Society, which supports patients who are fighting the disease with services, education and research.

Five thousand decorated luminary bags lined the Relay for Life track, all the way around, and they represent loved ones who had cancer or loved ones who have survived cancer.

"Fighting cancer, that's the answer. That's what we're all here for is to fight cancer, and I think we're doing a good job," said cancer survivor and fundraiser Gerri Roberts.

Cancer survivor Gerri Roberts is actually doing a great job. Not only did she and her team, the realtors, raise the most money this year, $33,000, Roberts has been the top fundraiser for Relay for Life for the past 10 years. This year she raised more than $19,000.

Several teams and individuals were also recognized for their fundraising efforts at Saturday's closing ceremony.

Organizers of Relay for Life say they expect to exceed their goal of raising $385,000 after the final tally is completed.


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