The midnight sun may not have been shining on the 4th annual Relay For Life at Skyview High School, but the eyes of those who gathered to remember lost loved ones and survivors of cancer couldn't have been brighter.
That light was reflected in the results of the fundraising effort, which has already exceeded the $71,000 dollars, collected at last year's event. According to Relay chairperson Kathy Lopeman $72,400 has already been collected and with money still coming in she expects the final tally this year might reach $75,000.
Suzanne Little rejoins Food For The Soul to sing for the walkers at the Relay For Life.
"Everything was up this year. We had 52 teams with between 1,200 to 1,500 participants, 175 cancer survivors participated this year, and there were 647 luminary remembrance bags lit this year. It was a very moving experience," said Lopeman.
The rain held off until after the candle lit Luminaries midnight ceremony, but then came down hard through the night. Some pitched tents, some carried umbrellas, but there were never fewer than 32 walkers on the track even during the downpour.
Relay For Life walkers pause to remember a loved one during the luminaries ceremony last week at Skyview High School
"I just want to really express my appreciation to the community for this year's event, and all the volunteers. The turn out was just terrific," said Lopeman. The final tally, as well as the beginning of next year's event will happen at Central Peninsula General Hospital June 11th, at 6:00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
" Every year I say I'm not doing this again, but yes I am next year's chairmen so come out and help me out. We're already looking for volunteers for next year. People are already thinking about creative ways to raise money next year, their team theme, their costumes, but most importantly they are thinking that it is time to get in there and get those cancer check-ups and take care of themselves. If we can help one person do that then it's all worthwhile," added Lopeman.
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