Susanville Relay for Life raises $84,000
“I am amazed and very thankful to be from such a generous community,” said Event Chair Megan Huber. “I’d like to thank everyone who participated or donated to the success of Susanville’s second annual Relay. The participants of Relay are truly the heroes.”
The total amount raised won’t be know until Relay volunteers complete turning in funds in September, according to Kareen Faure, Susanville Relay accounting chair. Roughly $3,000 of the total raised will go to pay overhead, according to Monica Morris, the 2006 Susanville Relay coordinator.
Teams of 10-24 people from businesses, organizations and groups of friends or family members commit to keeping at least one person walking the track at all times because cancer never sleeps. Team members take turns walking or running laps. They also find innovative ways to raise money for ACS programs.
The top team, Rose’s – Save the TaTas, raised more than $12,000 with fund-raisers at the Main Street Restaurant where all the tips during two shifts went to Relay for Life. The Rose’s team also raffled baskets and quilts and sold bracelets at the event.
Team leader Christy Rose said cancer is “really in our face right now” because her sister-in-law, Rachelle Surian, was diagnosed in March with breast cancer and has undergone three surgeries and is currently taking chemotherapy. Rose’s team member Chantal Lightsey staged a bowl-a-thon, raising roughly $2,099.
The top individual fund raiser, Denise Stevenson of the Lassen College team Cougars for a Cure, raised $2,109 through individual personal and online donations. Saying she “worked my tail off,” Stevenson added when someone told her they were interested in making a donation, “I made it easier for them by driving to their house and not letting them forget.”
The first Relay for Life in Susanville one year ago raised $52,750.72 and 206 people signed up in 23 teams.
Once again survivor Sherry Snyder, formerly of Susanville and now a resident of Elma, Wash., walked the entire 24 hours completing 39 miles, or 156 laps.
At 10 p.m. on Saturday, luminaria were lit to honor survivors, those fighting cancer and in memory of those lost to cancer. Team members sold luminaria for $5 each.
At the ninth annual Relay For Life of Plumas County in June, 18 teams helped raise $106,254.56. On June 23 and 24, 350 people participated in the event in Quincy, including 105 cancer survivors.
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