Kick Cancer: This was the slogan that motivated more than 1000 participants to walk 24-hours overnight and through the rain at the 20th annual Relay for Life. But sleep deprivation and cold temperatures are a small price to pay when it could mean saving the life of a loved one.This year’s relay raised more than $82,000 for cancer research and that number is expected to climb to approximately $90,000 once all donations are accounted for, says event chair Roger Barker. “I talked to approximately 30 different people and everyone I talked to said this is the best they’ve ever seen,” Barker said. “I think it went really smooth.”Many of the 60 teams who participated had family members or friends who had lost their battles with cancer or were currently fighting the disease. One such team, AKC Shoobi, earned close to $20,000 for the relay and shared the inspiring story of a team member who saved his sister’s life when he gave her his stem cells, subsequently creating the new immune system she needed to beat her cancer. Honoring the memories of family members and making a difference for the future is what makes Relay for Life so fulfilling, says Barker. “We all have loved ones and friends who have cancer and by helping out the way we did it really makes me feel good,” he said. “I know somewhere down the road I will be helping one of my loved ones, possibly even myself, and that brings great satisfaction to know that I have tried to do something to find a cure.”
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