Friday Night: Relay For Life, $175K Raised and CountingPosted: Updated:
Fifty teams of fundraisers paraded down Coffeen Street in Watertown to the Fairgrounds for the Jefferson County Relay for Life Friday night - a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The opening ceremony commenced as soon as they arrived.
"There has to be a cure. This can't continue. We have to make the environment better so that this cancer does not, you know, continue repeating itself," said Diane Cade, a cancer survivor.
Cade was just one of the many cancer survivor's at this year's relay. After the opening ceremony, cancer survivors took a lap around the track of the fairgrounds, followed by caregivers.
"We had about 200 cancer survivors take the first lap, so the people that are newly diagnosed," said Don Boshart, community manager for the American Cancer Society, " They come down and see those people and they know they can beat this thing."
And at least two of those taking part in the relay, Stephanie Yancey and Karen Meeker, are coworkers at Watertown High School.
"In 2012, I was diagnosed unexpectedly with uterine cancer at 36 years old," said Meeker.
Meeker is a special education teacher at Watertown High School who is now cancer free. Her coworker, Yancey, came out with her in support as part of her relay team.
"Not everyone is as lucky as I am not everyone has the great medical care. Things like the American Cancer Society support those people who don't have the help," said Meeker.
And after Friday's showing of approximately 1,500 people, there will certainly be more help for cancer victims. As of Saturday around $175,000 was raised with more expected by the end of the fiscal year in August.
7 News Sports Director Mel Busler emceed the event. 7 News is a sponsor of Relay for Life.