Relay for Life tops $86,000 to fight cancer
Participants walked the final lap of the Relay for Life Sunday morning at Stonehouse Park and got the news that the event raised more than $86,000 for the American Cancer Society. Sunday's speaker was Murietan Doreen Ntale, who told of her fight against cancer. The largest fundraiser was the team ART Inc., headed by Murietan DeAnn Smith-Kerr, which raised $35,495. Among the youth fundraisers, Jason Dodson finished first, with $799. This year's event was chaired by Jolene Wegsteen.
At Saturday night's ceremonies, volunteers assembled a "HOPE" sign from styrofoam cups and glow sticks punched through the baseball fence. When they finished, the crowd applauded, then walked the path of luminaria honoring cancer victims.
There were 1,000 luminaria lighting the path around the park. Volunteers raised money by walking the path through the event's 24 hours.
Saturday morning, cancer survivors walked the first lap. While some walked the relay to raise money, others did that by selling items at the event. Relay for Life, which is staged all over the nation, was first held in Rancho Murieta in 2009.
HOORAY to all of this year's Relay Team Captains who did such a fantastic job organizing their team members and raising much needed funds for the American Cancer Society! I was so happy to be a part of the event again this year, and so proud of our community. If you missed out this year, please consider joining in the fun next year!
I'm the proud auntie of this year's youth winner, Jason Dodson! Our whole family is so excited for him and his sister Devin (aged 7) who was 3rd place among the youth fundraisers. This was a great family event!