Local Relay For Life efforts net $55,740

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By The Staff

Downtown Brown leads teams with $11,880 raised

LEOPOLD - The sun wasn't far up the eastern sky when triumphant but tired walkers gathered on the north end of Perry Central's track Sunday morning to hear a recap of their efforts on behalf of Relay for Life.

Teams' months of work holding yard sales, placing collection jars at local businesses and waiting tables at local restaurants raised a combined $55,740.22 for the American Cancer Society.

"You all have reasons to be proud of your work," said Rita Mahoney, registration coordinator for Relay For Life, who announced the totals at the close of the that began Saturday afternoon and continued through the day, into the night and following morning.

About 20 teams took part in the event and their members not only walked the track but entertained the public and members of other teams.

Downtown Brown, whose members sported pink shirts, was honored for their top fundraising efforts. The team raised a record $11,880.15. Finishing in second place was Lifesavers, last year's top fundraisers. The team, which also won top honors for their team display and a Ninja turtle skit, raised $5,831.79.

Finishing in third place, with $4,807.97, was Drew's Super Team. This year's top youth team was Tyler and Taylor's Team, whose members raised $4,524.69.

The county's Relay for Life raises both money for the fight against cancer and awareness for cancer prevention. Honored during the event are cancer survivors, who wear special shirts, receive medals at the event's kickoff and whose names are placed on luminaries that line the track for a service honoring their bravery. The nighttime service also commemorated the lives of those who have fought and lost the battle against cancer.