(BEDFORD) - The 2012 Relay for Life, which was Friday and Saturday at Parkview track, raised $51,915, with more being turned in.
Carol Johnson of the Times-Mail reports that months of fundraising by 26 teams had raised about $40,000 prior to the start of the event.
Tammy Smith, Relay organizer, said more than $6,000 was raised during the 16 hours of Relay.
Karen Weaver, a cancer survivor and member of Uteruses United, said her team raised $1,350. The team took on the job of running the concession stand, raising over $500.
Other highlights of Relay for Life:
- Top fundraising team: Walking Warriors, team of Walmart employees.
- Fifty-eight cancer survivors enjoyed a dinner provided by St. Vincent Dunn Hospital. Massages were offered by Kathy Hackney.
- The survivor lap and luminaria ceremony are the night's most poignant moments as the track goes from celebration to quiet reverence for those who lost their lives to cancer. The track was lined with 450 luminarias.
- Dr. Jim Sowders' Running for a Cure team continued its tradition of having someone from its team on the track at all times. More than 50 runners and walkers took laps. They logged 215 miles in 15 hours and raised more than $1,800.
- For the first time in five years, Relay for Life was spared from heavy rain and thunderstorms.
Fundraising for Relay for Life continues through August. Volunteers are planning a final fundraiser, Bark for Life, a dog walk against cancer, in August.
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