EUGENE, Ore. — This weekend’s Relay for Life was a huge success. Ours is the eighth largest Relay for Life fundraiser in the world.
Even though the Willamette High School track is almost clean, you’ll still find remnants of the event, like a vehicle and two workers who are still picking up tiny pieces of trash.
The focus now shifts to crunching numbers and preliminary reports show this year’s fundraiser is on track to reach its goal.
It all started at 6 p.m. Friday with non-stop walking around and around the track.
Eight-hundred cancer survivors registered to walk in this year’s Relay for Life. There were at least 8,000 participants in all–about 2,000 more than last year.
Relay for Life participants raised more than $600,000. A majority of the money will go toward cancer research, developing treatment and saving lives.
“It’s estimated 350 people are alive per day that wouldn’t be otherwise, and that’s all a result of fundraising. All of the people and all of the organizations that are involved in cancer research, it’s all of them, and it all adds up,” said Brenda Webber of the American Cancer Society.
Money raised will also go to a number of cancer programs and services for cancer patients and their families in Lane County, including the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and The Road to Recovery program, where a driver takes a patient back and forth for treatment.
The goal was to raise $683,000, but between $100,000 and $140,000 usually comes in after the event. Donors have until the end of August to turn in their money.