MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County community pulled together over the weekend to raise more than $39,000 overnight to continue the fight against cancer.
More than $149,000 was raised at the end of the 2016 Miami County Relay for Life event held at the Miami County Fairgrounds this weekend. This year’s goal is $200,000 with fundraising efforts to continue through August.
According to Team Ambassador Nicole Bolin, $39,000 was raised during the over night event, which she said was one of the most successful relays in its history.
“I think we had the best turn-outs we’ve ever had. It was awesome weather. We had some great live music and great activities throughout the night with our ‘Miss Relay’ contest. It was just one of the best relays we’ve ever had,” said Bolin on Saturday afternoon.
Relay for Life celebrates survivors’ victory over cancer and remembers those who lost their battles against the disease. The overnight event also celebrates caregivers, who support their friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers facing cancer.
“I think it was the welcoming spirit that the community and our participants provide. I think providing that hope and getting people out here and the nice weather all played a role,” said Bolin of the weekend’s success.
More than 50 teams with nearly 600-700 members or participants took part in this year’s superhero-themed event, which was held at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy on May 6 and 7.
Bolin said the Miami County Relay for Life will continue its fundraising efforts with events such as the “Bark for Life” beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14 at Duke Park. This one-mile walk with or without your canine companion is a popular fundraiser for folks to raise funds with their four-legged friends.
“People register with their dogs and they go on a one-mile walk. We’ll have fundraisers and doggie games and all kinds of fun stuff,” Bolin said.
The Miami County Relay for Life organization has also partnered with Susie’s Big Dipper to raise money at the Troy Strawberry Festival on June 4 and 5.
Miami County’s Relay for Life teams will also continue its fundraising efforts and partnering with Shelby County’s Relay for Life teams with a 5K race in Sidney in August.
Relay for Life began after Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran around a track in Tacoma, Wash., for 24 hours in May 1985, raising $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. The following year, more than 300 supporters joined the overnight event and since then, Relay for Life has grown into a worldwide movement that has raised nearly $5 billion to fight cancer.
To participate in Relay for Life, donate money or to find more information, visit the website at www.Relayforlife.org/MiamiCounty. “Like” the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/relayforlifeofmiamicounty for other updates.