Walkers Fight Cancer At Relay For Life

Friday evening the Relay For Life kicked off with a Cancer Survivor Lap at Lake Havasu High School. Survivors wore their purple shirts, walking around the track and were treated to dinner by Rebel BBQ.

Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Other laps throughout the night were themed purple, gold and fairy tale and walkers dressed to represent each theme. They walked to support survivors and in memory of those who have lost their lives to cancer. Tents dotted the football field where walkers could relax, but emcee Scott Taylor announced after the participants started walking that “There is no sleeping at all tonight.”

John Shaw, originally from Wisconsin, said, “I had radiation 35 years ago and have been in Relay For Life ever since. This is progress, it means they are catching up to cancer and it ain’t going to be long before they don’t have it, I hope.”

A luminary is lit Friday night during Relay For Life.  Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

A luminary is lit Friday night during Relay For Life. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

“I’m a 20-year survivor. I’ve been a part this event for 12 years and it grows every year, Mel Pugliese said.

“It means that more people are aware of getting ready to get rid of cancer and make it a thing of the past. And its events like this and anywhere that make this happen,” Pugliese said.

As the night hours rolled on, teens played football on the field to stay awake while other groups worked on arts and crafts and some played board games.

Approximately $50,000 was raised at the event.

 


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