Issaquah Relay for Life raises $240,000

May 24, 2011

By Staff

About 900 people walked around the track at Skyline High School on May 21-22, honoring friends and family at the Relay for Life of Issaquah.

In spite of rainy weather, 78 teams and more than 50 cancer survivors spent the night at the track, raising money for the American Cancer Society.

As of May 23, participants had raised a gross amount of $240,000. The event’s organizers hope to raise another $10,000 in tax-deductible donations by the Aug. 31 deadline through the website www.issaquahrelayforlife.org.

Though it rained on the luminaria ceremony, which invited participants to light tea candles in bags decorated with the names of people who lived with cancer, the atmosphere was still empowering, American Cancer Society community relations manager Aimee Martin said.

“I think it was symbolic of that somber moment,” she said. “There was something to be said about the rain and having it come down, because it is a sad time.”

The images on the luminaria bags looked like watercolor paintings, making them all the more beautiful, she said.

“The rain continued throughout the night, but people were troopers and they pushed through,” she said. “It goes to show the strong community that Issaquah has and the support people have for the American Cancer Society every year.”

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