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Relay for Life

Saturday’s Relay for Life helps ‘knock out cancer’

Jun 25, 2018
Photo by: David Hotle In the main event at Relay for Life Saturday, Cancer (left) faced off against the Italian Stallion Rocky Balboa. In the third, Rocky delivered a knockout blow to Cancer.

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

 

With almost perfect weather and no other conflicting events, Washington County Relay for Life organizer Deb Tisor said that the turnout to the event was much larger than she had ever expected.

The event started at noon Saturday, June 23, with several of the teams in multicolored shirts taking to the inside lane of the streets around the Washington square to begin their walk to help fund cancer research. But even before the event, participants were already raising funds. Tisor said $51,800 had been raised before the first participant laced up their walking shoes. In the 18 years Washington has held a Relay for Life event, participants have raised well over $1 million, which has gone to the American Cancer Society for research.

Tisor said that the Washington County Relay didn’t set goals for the amount raised, but were rather happy with the end result, as well as the good weather and for the turnout.

“We would really love to pack the square with walkers,” Tisor said. “Relay was started with walkers and that is why we want to get people to walk — not only for health benefits, but that is part of the foundation of relay which is walking for the cure.”

Tisor did add the crowd this year was significantly larger than in 2017.

Each year a different theme is set. This year the theme was “knock out cancer.” It included a boxing match between Rocky Balboa and Cancer.

During the day, many events continued to raise money for cancer research. During the desert auction alone a pie baked by Bertie Miller raised $2,100.

Committees and teams will be turning money in to the Washington State Bank between now and Aug. 15. A total amount raised will be announced after all the money is collected.

Tisor said she hopes to see everyone out again in 2019. She said that cancer hasn’t stopped, so neither will the Washington County teams.

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