The Relay For Life of Windsor just keeps getting bigger and better.
In only its sixth year, the Relay at Eastman Park in Windsor on July 27-28 raised close to a record $120,000 ($119,408 as of Tuesday) and smashed its 2012 goal of $91,000 by almost $30,000. Teams have until the end of August to turn in their money, so that total may keep climbing.
“The July 27/28 Relay for Life was a tremendous example of the Windsor community coming together in the fight against cancer,” said Kristi Benningsdorf, a spokeswoman for the Relay For Life of Windsor committee. “Thanks to the dedication of more than 600 team members, volunteers, donors, sponsors and cancer survivors, this community raised nearly $120,000 for cancer research and American Cancer Society programs. We celebrated with our cancer survivors who walked the honorary first lap with their caregivers. We remembered loved ones we have lost during the luminaria ceremony. And we fought back against cancer through months of fundraising and awareness campaigns.”
Benningsdorf said the Relay committee wants to thank each participant.
“You helped the event smash previous attendance and fundraising totals,” she said. “This is only the sixth year of Relay for Life in Windsor, but we are already among the top 10 in the nation for per capita funds raised. Your generous contributions of time, money, goods and services help the American Cancer Society provide valuable programs for people in the midst of treatment for cancer, in addition to funding cutting-edge research toward a cure. The committee is looking ahead to 2013 and an even better event.”
Jessica Nix, the online chairwoman for Relay For Life of Windsor and a team captain for Faithsteps for a Cure, said it’s amazing how much support the Relay receives.
“Getting the word out there has really helped us out a lot, and American Cancer Society helps a lot of people,” Nix said.
Nix said the 44 teams was also a high for the event, and next year’s goal will probably be in the $125,000 range.
“It sets the bar really high for us next year,” Nix said. “We haven’t set our goal for next year, but I would say we probably shoot for $125,000. We have a great community. We pull together and we fight back for the cause. We’re already planning for next year.”
For more information about Relay For Life of Windsor, visit www.windsorrelay.org.
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