Press Editorial

March 23, 2009

By Staff

Relay for Life teams, volunteers wanted

It may seem a bit early to be thinking about camping in late spring, but not if it’s for Issaquah’s Relay for Life and there is a goal to raise a quarter-million dollars! Fifty-two teams — representing 336 people — are already formed and raising their share of proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Issaquah’s relay has a reputation for often raising the most money of all relays held in the state. While the teams are predominately teens, there are many adult, family, friends or organizations that put together teams. It is a true community event.

The fundraising begins with team members asking others to contribute. Then, there are car washes, bake sales and even an ice skating exhibition coming up as a fundraising event. 

The fundraising is culminated with the actual relay, when team members take turns walking through the night around a high school track. Tents become team headquarters for snacking, playing games — and sometimes even sleeping. Candlelit luminaries in memory of those who have died or survived cancer light the track through the night, until the candles’ glow gives way to sunrise.

In past years, the Relay has been at Issaquah High School, but Skyline High School will host the event May 30 while IHS is under construction.

If you are looking for an activity that will impact someone you know at some point in your life, helping raise money to fight cancer — and having fun doing it — may be just the answer. The next team meeting is at 6:30 p.m. April 14 at the Issaquah Senior Center, and you’re invited to come and learn more.  

Not a team player or don’t want to raise money? Many volunteers are needed! More information is available at

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