EUGENE, Ore. — The Relay for Life Eugene-Springfield met its goal of raising $683,000. Nearly 8,000 people walked in this year’s event, about 2,000 more than last year.
A majority of the money will go towards cancer research, developing treatment and saving lives.
“When the relays make their goal we get to fund all of the research grants, programs and services that we’ve been planning on funding.” said Brenda Webber, the American Cancer Society.
In Oregon, there’s about $6 million in research grants that the American Cancer Society is funding including at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and Oregon Health and Science University.
The money raised will also go to a number of 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.