Bagpiper Steve Adams plays Amazing Grace as he leads the emotional midnight luminary lap at last week's Relay For Life.
A new record number of dollars, musicians, laps, fun, teams and tears, were all set last week at the 7th Annual Relay For Life at Skyview High School. At the end of the 24hour marathon of community caring $65,000 dollars and counting had been raised to aid the effort to find a cure for cancer, according to 2005 Relay For Life co-chairperson Lisa Parker. "It'll take awhile for the final tally from Anchorage and outlying areas to be completed, but we just might meet our goal of $70,000 and we have already exceeded our last year's total by some $2,000," smiled Parker after 36 continuous hours without sleep, "Our theme this year was Cancer Doesn't Sleep, and neither have I for the last 36 hours, and this awesome community came together to support each other, fund the fight, and celebrate living through it," admitted Parker. In the heated team competition this year the winners were the Heritage Place Heroes & Heroines raising $6,500.
Walkers raise money and support friends battling cancer during the 2005 Relay For Life.
In addition to the record number of dollars raised, there was a record of 40 teams participating, 23.5 continuous hours of music, scavenger hunts, best midnight snacks, the first ever pajama party marchers, and worst bed-hair ever judged by Mike Morgan at 6:00am. Sadly a record number of names also were personally remembered during the luminary ceremony to honor those battling, surviving, or fallen to cancer, "It's a reminder that the job gets bigger and bigger, but we are making progress and the people in this community are rising to the challenge to meet it and beat it," added Parker.
Relay For Life drew walkers all through the night at Skyview High School.
Relay For Life has become a major fund raiser for the American Cancer Society that started in 1985 with a sole participant. This year more than 3 million participants are expected to walk nationwide. Relay For Life brings together people who have been effected in one way or another by the disease to raise money to help prevent cancer, save lives, and diminish suffering from the disease, according to literature, "The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated."
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