In 2011 more than 1.5 million Americans were diagnosed with some type of cancer and more than half million people lost their lives to the horrific disease. Those staggering figures do not include skin cancers, which do not have to be reported to cancer registries.
The American Cancer Society–and thousands of people across this county think that’s too many lives lost and each year spends time, sweat and tears organizing its largest fund-raiser, Relay for Life.
It started in Tacoma, Wash. by one man, Dr. Gordy Klatt, who ran 83 miles in a 24-hour period while 300 friends cheered him on and pledged money for his efforts.
Today Relay for Life is synonymous for community. A year of fund-raising culminates with a party to celebrate, remember and fight back.
Jana Carlisle Tucker, her local Relay committee and the dozens of teams who held bake sales or car washes to raise money are to be commended for their efforts.
The Williston Relay for Life has already raised more than $45,000 and money is still coming in. That’s a lot of money in a depressed economy where unemployment has hovered in double digits for a year.
We’re proud of our Relay organizers and we’re proud of everyone who baked a cupcake–or ate it–in the name of Relay for Life.
You’re all winners and we commend you.