Relay raises more than $31,000 for cancer research
Published: June 15, 2006 | 4350th good news item since 2003
When the sun came up over Lake Atalanta Park on Saturday morning more than 100 tired Relay for Life team members packed up their campsites and headed home. The overnight event raised over $31,000 for the American Cancer Society, chair Kathy Iles said, although the total is not official. In fact, donations are still coming in and will continue until August 31.
Twelve teams started fundraising in early spring, Iles said, with everything from yard sales to dog walks. The team that raised the most was New Hope for a Cure, formed at the New Hope Animal Hospital. The team raised over $6,500 and also received the best team spirit award.
Each team chose a theme, and at the Relay, awards were given out. Swepco’s “Past time for a Cure so Plug In and Help” team was awarded best theme. Team members dressed as frontier men and tomahawk throwing lessons were offered throughout the night.
The best decorated campsite award went to Happy Dayz Relayz, a team formed at Henshew Carpets that used a fifties theme.
Over 100 luminaries, each with the name of someone who battled cancer, lit the track during a special lap honoring cancer survivors and remembering victims.
The track incorporated the sidewalks throughout Lake Atalanta Park and the city worked hard to get them ready, Iles said. In some places, Relay for Life is held on a football field, but using the park meant the teams could use the playground equipment and the pool, Iles said. She plans to use it again next year, she said.