a new record!
The 2003 Storm Lake Relay for Life raised a new record total for cancer prevention, treatment and awareness efforts over the weekend.
"The walkers raised $65,000, and we still have money coming in to count. It's really wonderful," said Jonette Spurlock, development specialist for the American Cancer Society in Storm Lake. The total is a new record for the event.
Nearly 1,300 luminaries were lit in memory of cancer victims and in honor of cancer survivors, completely circling the quarter-mile track in light.
Ninety-nine cancer survivors were registered to participate, and many more came out of the crowd to join the Survivors Lap. Those registered alone from the area represent more than 750 collective years of survival beyond cancer diagnosis.
Thirty-six teams of walkers took part, meeting this year's goal. The high team of money-raisers was Sara Lee Turkey Trotters, with $7,299. Red Carlson of the Touched By an Angel team raised the most as an individual, over $2,100.
"It was a great event for the community and the cause, and we couldn't have asked for a better day," Spurlock said. "There were lots of positive comments about all of the activities we had this year, and we think that speaks well for the future of the event."
American Cancer Society officials feel that Storm Lake's Relay, running from 6 p.m. Saturday through the night until Sunday morning, is the best such event in the region for community participation.
The local planning committee will meet next week to pick the date for the 2004 Relay.