Relay For Life raises $54,000 for cancer research

Drew Brown


On May 2 from 6 p.m. to midnight, the Relay For Life foundation, an organization which raises money for cancer, attracted more than 300 people throughout the Westlake area.

Under the stadium lights, volunteers and families were able to raise a grand total of $54,403.17 to go towards cancer research. Activities consisted of having one member of the group constantly walking the track, while others could throw footballs or frisbees on the field.

“It was crazy how many people showed up and helped,” junior Sarah Kimery said. “Having close to 345 people help our organization was something I will forever be grateful for.”

For specific people in the Relay For Life, this event meant much more than volunteering. Sophomore Elizabeth Walters is currently facing a speed bump in her life as her mother combats stage four breast cancer.

“It’s not easy living with it day by day, and that’s just for me,” Elizabeth said. “I can’t imagine what she goes through. The fact that she battles breast cancer in her liver and brain, and still can be the woman she is today, is beyond me.”

Elizabeth is very happy with the work her friends and other volunteers put into raising money for her mother.

“I’m so grateful for all the fundraiser did,” Elizabeth said. “They helped me raise over $1,000, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the friends who came out to help me and my family.”

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